Katherine Denker

Assistant Professor

LB 351   Phone: 765-285-1965  

Communication Studies
David Letterman Communication and Media Building, room 351
2000 University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306


BS, University of Nebraska-Omaha
MA, University of Nebraska-Omaha
PhD, University of Missouri


COMM 210: Fundamentals of Public Communication
COMM 440: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 690: Instructional Communication

Research interests include:

  • Interpersonal Communication

  • Work-Life

  • Gender

  • Instructional Communication

  • Power

Select Awards: 

2013 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender- Outstanding Feminist Teacher Mentor Award

2013 Lawhead Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Core Curriculum, Ball State University

2012 High Technology Award -College of Communication, Information and Media, Ball State University

2011- Department of Communication Studies- Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Selected publications:

Denker, K. J., & Dougherty, D. (2013) Corporate colonization of couples’ work-life negotiations: Rationalization, emotion management, and silencing conflict.  Journal of Family Communication, 13, 242-262. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2013.796946

Denker, K. J. (2013). Student response systems and facilitating the large lecture basic communication course: Assessing engagement, and learning. Communication Teacher, 27, 50-67. doi:10.1080/17404622.2012.730622

Denker, K. J. (2009). Doing gender in the academy: The challenges for women in the academic organization.Women and Language, 32, 103-112.

Henson, J.  & Denker, K. J. (2009).  Perceptions of political silencing in university classrooms and effects on communication apprehension.  Communication Research Reports, 26(3), 208-214.


  • Chair- National Communication Association- Feminist and Women Studies Division
  • Chair- National Communication Association- Masters Education Section
  • Vice Chair, Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group, Central States Communication Association
  • Member, CCIM Diversity Committee
  • Member, Curriculum and Program Development Committee, Department of Communication Studies (2009 – present)
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Communication Studies (2009-present) 

Course Schedule