Katherine Denker

Katherine Denker

Associate Professor of Communication Studies


Room:LB 306


Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha
B.S., University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Work-Life
  • Gender
  • Instructional Communication
  • Power


COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Communication
COMM 440 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 650 Instructional Communication

Awards and Honors

  • 2014-2015 Faculty Advisor for the BSU Distinguished MA Thesis Award winner
  • 2014 Faculty Research Award, Ball State University College of Communication, Information and Media
  • 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


  • Committee on Committee- National Communication Association, 2015-2017
  • Exhibit Hall Coordinator, Central States Communication Association
  • Member, Graduate Education Committee
  • 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

Selected Publications

Hooker, J. F., Denker, K. J., Summers, M. E., & Patrick, M. (2015). The development and validation of the student response system benefits scale. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Online Access Early View- doi:10.1111/jcal.12121

Denker, K. J. (2015). Are you achieving the best life? Just read this: Advice books and how working mothers can (and maybe should) do it all. In Martinez, A., & Miller, L. (Eds). Gender in a transitional era: Changes and challenge (pp. 3-20).Lanham, MA: Lexington Press.

Hooker, J. F. & Denker, K. J. (2014). The Learning Loss Scale as an assessment tool: An empirical examination of convergent validity with performative measures. Communication Teacher, 28, 130-143. doi:10.1080/17404622.2013.865765

Denker, K. J. (2013). Maintaining gender relations during work-life negotiations: Relational maintenance and the dark side of individual marginalization. Women & Language, 32, 11-34.

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.

Curriculum Vitae

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Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Fundamentals of Publ 210 817 0000 - 0000
Interpersonal Commun 440 800 0000 - 0000