J. Kellie Corti, Ph.D.
Department Chair/Associate Professor of Communication
Department: Humanities & Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Family Communication, University of Denver
M.A. in Interpersonal Communication, University of Kansas
B.A. in Speech Communication, Baylor University
Interpersonal Communication, Group & Organizational Communication, Perspectives in Communication, Speech, Communication Internship
How Your Program Is Unique Here:
Communication skills are vital for professional contexts and personal relationships. I have the privilege of preparing students so that they understand and can apply effective communication skills in a variety of contexts and relationships.
I grew up in a Christian home and I accepted Jesus as my personal savior when I was a young child. I grew up in the church and for as long as I can remember I knew Jesus. Currently I am striving passionately after Christ. I try daily to submit to the Lord and follow His will. Jesus is my top priority followed by my husband and children. I try to live my life to give him all glory and praise.
Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Grace University, Omaha, NE: Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
What Do Students Say About Your Classes?
Students say that I am passionate about what I teach, that I want to invest in them both personally and professionally, and that while I have high expectations for my students, those expectations are clearly articulated.
One of my former students wrote the following: “Dr. Corti puts a lot of time and effort into molding the minds of her students for the business world. She takes the time to assign practical, real-life projects (many of which I have used in my career already). Dr. Corti also cares about the formation of each of her students’ character. Although the above qualities are important in every college professor, Dr. Corti made the biggest impact on me by the way that she cares. Throughout my years of college, I always felt that I could count on Dr. Corti to be available to help me in the next big, scary step (academics or life-related). She always talks about how proud she is of all of her students and the people that they have become. The fact of the matter is that we are all a direct reflection of her dedication to her career and, more importantly, to her students.”
Dickson, F.C., Baldwin, K. T., Borowsky, J., Corti, J. K., Johnson, D., Lawrence, L., and Velasco, J. (2011). Challenges Associated With Parenting Among Families That Are Homeless. In F. Dickson & L. Webb (Eds.) Communication for Families in Crisis: Theories, Research, Strategies. Peter Lang Publishing Inc.: NY.
Schrodt, P., Ledbetter, A., & Ohrt, J. K. (2007). Parental confirmation and affection as mediators of family communication patterns and children’s mental well-being. Journal of Family Communication, 7, 23-46.