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Tracy Routsong

Associate Professor
Communication Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Cornell College, Bachelor
University of Northern Iowa, Master of Arts
University of Iowa, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Degrees & Certifications

Ph.D. University of Iowa
M.A. University of Northern Iowa; B.S.S. Cornell College

Academic History

1998 - 2000; Graduate Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant/Forensics Coach; UNI
2000 - 2003; Instructor/ADOF/DOF; Winona State University, Winona, MN
2003 - 2007; Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2007 - Present; Washburn University

Courses Currently Teaching

CN 101 Principles and Practices of Human Communication
CN 304 Qualitative Research Methods
CN 306 Health Communication
CN 351 Interpersonal Communication

  • CN 101 A, Prin & Prac of Hum Comm
  • CN 101 B, Prin & Prac of Hum Comm
  • CN 150 5MA, Public Speaking
  • CN 150 5RA, Public Speaking
  • CN 150 5WA, Public Speaking
  • CN 150 C, Public Speaking
  • CN 350 VA, Persuasion
  • CN 366 A, Nonverbal Communication
  • CN 395 A, Special Topics/Communication
  • CN 498 A, Senior Capstone
  • CN 498 B, Senior Capstone
Scholarly Interests/Activities
My scholarly interests span the areas of health and interpersonal/family communication. My most recent publications have been in stepfamily narratives and parental and student perceptions of health rules. Currently I am working on a visual rhetoric project looking at travel stops and perception of disability compliance and perception of stressors and resources of family members when living in a house with a mother diagnosed with lupus.
Service Interests/Activities

Faculty Senate
College Faculty Council
University Benefits Committee
University Wellness Committee
Honors Advisory Board
Small Grants
Faculty Affairs

Fall 2011 I was invited to join Leadership Washburn, a campus leadership group.

Career Accomplishments

My favorite part of this career is working with students. I have had the pleasure of working with a Master's student on her thesis on nonverbal behaviors and numerous undergraduate students on individual research projects. Watching my students receive their diplomas is always a highlight for me. What amazing students we have here at Washburn!

Personally, I have experienced several accomplishments while here at Washburn. In research, I have had four publications and another under review. Last year I was a recipient of the Student Life Achieving Excellence Award and I was named department chair.