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Kenneth Cissna
Professor Emeritus

Kenneth  Cissna

Interpersonal Communication, Dialogue, Applied Communication


Dr. Cissna joined the Communication faculty in 1979 and retired in December of 2012, receiving appointment as professor emeritus.  His research interests revolve around applied communication and the theory and practice of dialogue.  He is a Past President of the Southern States Communication Association and of the Florida Communication Association.  He edited the Journal of Applied Communication Research and the Southern Communication Journal, and was founding editor of Qualitative Communication Research.  He authored and edited a number of books as well as articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books.    In the months after his retirement, he received the Michael M. Osborn Teacher–Scholar Award from the Southern States Communication Association and the Distinguished Service Award from USF.  He served as Chair of the Department of Communication from 2006 to 2012.


B.A., Humboldt State University, 1970
M.S., Southern Illinois University, 1971
Ph.D., University of Denver, 1975