Leadership Communication

Student presents a poster at the annual research presentation

Effective communication is a necessary part of everything you do at home, play, and work. Your ability is dependent on a particular skill set and various competencies that fit the demands of the situation along with organizational abilities, time-management skills, critical thinking, and the ability to make good decisions; being an effective communicator is central to these important activities.

Within Leadership Communication, there are several distinct disciplines such as technology, critical listening, intercultural, interpersonal, small group, mass communications, organizational, political, rhetorical, and environmental communication.

Other programs and courses include journalism, film criticism, persuasion, public relations, political science, radio, television, film production, and computer-mediated communication.

Career Opportunities

  • Community relations director
  • Corporate communication director
  • Special events coordinator
  • Health services coordinator
  • Community affairs liaison
  • Information analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Publication editor
  • Speechwriter
  • Communication consultant
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Military
  • Government contractor

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Dr. Bill Watt

Bill Watt, Ph.D.

Professor of Speech
Dr. Bill Watt
Bill Watt, Ph.D.

Professor of Speech

B.S., Manhattan Christian College; B.S., M.A., Ph.D.; Kansas State University


Willis M. “Bill” Watt retired as Professor of Speech Communication in Dec. 2020. He was formerly also Chair of the Applied Communication Department at Methodist University.

His professional academic experiences include teaching and administrative duties such as vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, school dean, division director, and department chair at NCAA division I, II, and III as well as NCCAA universities and colleges.

Bill was selected by the Kansas Speech Communication Association as the Outstanding College Teacher of the Year (1996). He was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 1998.

Bill has presented over 50 scholarly papers on topics ranging from communication, leadership, theatre, and religion at state, regional, national, and international conferences with many of the papers being included in conference proceedings. He has authored or co-authored five books in the field of speech communication and business/professional speaking, several monographs about theatre, and co-authored book chapters on intercollegiate debate and leadership. He has published many poems and short stories locally, nationally, and internationally.

Bill was ordained in the Christian ministry in 1976 by the Christian Church (Independent). He currently serves as a staff member/trainer for the Cumberland County Institute for Community Leadership and is a member of The Fayetteville Observer Community Advisory Board.

Research Interests:

  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Various aspects of communication to include nonverbal, gender, conflict management, intercultural, interpersonal, public speaking, business & professional speaking, persuasion, debate & argumentation, small group communication, organizational communication
  • Theatre (drama)
  • Religion and the arts
  • Religion and spirituality

Personal Interests:

  • Racquetball
  • Go
  • Chess