Brief Professional Biography
My research interests are diverse (eclectic), including articles on nominating speeches, speech education, persuasion, language, and listening. I have also has published in other disciplines occasionally, notably the APA and the Association for American Humanists. I has been involved in assessment for the Educational Testing Service for the last fifteen years. My major contribution has been work on their listening test, but I have also worked with the Speech Communication content examination and the Graduate Management Assessment Test. I am currently working with ETS in a new version of the DANTES public assessment project.
In 1998, the Alumni Association of the University of Kentucky awarded me the "great teacher" award.
I am a member of the NCA, serving on the nominating committee, the legislative council, and as an associate editor of almost all of its scholarly publications. I was the first chair of the Interpersonal and Small Group division. In the Southern Communication Association, I served on a variety of committees, and was elected president in 1986. The "Bostrom Young Scholars" award at Southern is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky and the Ashland Oil Corporation.