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Lori A. Walters-Kramer

Academic Biography:
I came to Monmouth College in 2013 to serve as the Director of the Basic Communication Course -a move that brought me back to the Midwest after living in upstate NY for 15 years. As the Director of the Basic Communication Course I train and supervise Speech Assistants and Tutors who play a significant role in helping Monmouth College students become effective public speakers.

I often integrate service-learning projects in appropriate courses (such as Small Group Communication) which give students opportunities to work with community partners to address real community needs. Most recently, students in my Small Group Communication classes collaborated with Latinos United of Monmouth (LUM) to plan and execute a 5k. The funds generated from the event supported 2 scholarships for local high school Latino students.

Along with the courses noted below I have experience teaching Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetorical Theory, Speechwriting, and Communication & Culture.



Research Interests:
Rhetorical dimensions of: oratory, music, food practices, motherhood; Democracy and Civic Engagement; Service-Learning; the Basic Communication Course; Tutoring

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Walters-Kramer, L. & Draxler, B. (forthcoming). Strengthening Tutoring Communities with 'They Say / I Say'. In W. Atkins-Sayre and E.L Yook's (Eds). Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Reader for Introduction and Conclusion to K. Isgro and M. Castañeda (Eds.) Mothers in Academia. (2013). New York, NY: Columbia.

Walters-Kramer, L.A. (2011) Cross-cultural childbirth methods. In M.Z. Stange, C.K. Oyster, and J.E. Sloan’s (Eds.) The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World. Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage.

Walters-Kramer, L.A. (2010). Birth imagery, metaphor, and myth. In A. O’Reilly & J.G. Golson’s (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage

Walters-Kramer, L.A. (2010). Folk Music. In H.R. Diner’s (Ed.) Encyclopedia of American Women’s History. New York, NY: Facts on File.

Courses Taught:
COMM101 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM230 Introduction to Communication Studies
COMM235 Small Group Communication
INTG101 Introduction to Liberal Arts
COMM113 Workshop for Speech Assistants

Education:
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University 2001
M.A. Central Michigan University 1993
B.S. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 1990

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 304 Wallace Hall
Email: lwalterskramer@monmouthcollege.edu