Human Interaction in Its Many Forms

Grounded in theory and deeply engaged with our community, the faculty and students in the Department of Communication study, practice and create effective communication in all forms.

We mediate conflict, debate ideas big and small, and report on events impacting our world. We work with businesses to craft their messages and help non-profits to develop fruitful relationships. We’re exploring the next communication frontier as we research how humans and robots interact. We create documentaries, movies, video games, social media campaigns, sports broadcasts, websites, and pretty much anything on a screen. More than anything, we help our students find a path to their future careers.

Preparing for a Career in Communication

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Programs

Department Chair and Staff

Stephen Yungbluth

Stephen Yungbluth, Ph.D.

Department of Communication Chair
Professor, Communication Studies

GH 400B



I am a Cincinnati native, but have lived in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and New York, as well as Kentucky. I am married to a physical therapist who works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We have a son and a daughter who are both creative and gifted.


I earned both my Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Kentucky, and I received my B.A. in Organizational Communication from Xavier University with a minor in Spanish. My primary areas of study include Interpersonal, Organizational, and Small Group Communication with a special emphasis in the area of conflict management. 

I enjoy teaching both at the graduate and undergraduate level. I am very excited about teaching a study abroad class in London on Cultural Comparisons of British and American Sport through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad.

Christa Witt

Christa Witt, B.A.

Academic Coordinator, College of Informatics

GH 400E



I live in Florence Y’all, KY. I am married to the great love of my life, Doug, who is a drug counselor. I have three children: Arielle, Alison and Tim, and a stepson, Ethan. I enjoy singing, playing guitar, painting, writing, reading, and playing with my dog, Bowser.


I am the Academic Coordinator for the College of Informatics. My duties include scheduling classes, supervising student workers, student and GA hiring paperwork, recording all department meeting minutes, and a variety of other tasks that help the departments function.

I am an alumna of NKU and have worked for the College of Informatics since 2006. I am one of those people who came and never left! Now my daughter, Alison, is here as a Media Informatics major. I love the sense of community that NKU has and I am excited to be part of such a dynamic college.

Sue Murphy Angel

Sue Murphy Angel

Senior Operations Coordinator

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My first professional experience in higher education was May 1998 at Northern Kentucky University. My previous field was credit management, but my employer moved out of the Cincinnati area and I did not want to follow.  I joined the Informatics team as the Dean’s Assistant in 2008.


I am an alumna of Northern Kentucky University. My undergraduate degree is in Political Science with a focus in Homeland Security. I also received my graduate degree at Northern Kentucky University in Public Administration. My research focus is in organizational reliability and resilience in local government.

I am active in university service as a member of Staff Congress, where I serve as the chair of the Staff Congress Credentials and Elections Committee.

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