Kathleen Watters

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Kathleen Watters

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Kathleen Watters has scholarly interests in political communication as well as in gender and communication. More recently, she has been developing scholarship in the area of communication ethics. Her research has been published in journals such as  Critical Studies in Mass Communication  and the  Dictionary of Political Communication . She has contributed to the discipline through service on editorial boards for several journals, including  Advancing Women in Leadership, Congressional Quarterly , and  Press-Campaigns and Politics. Dr. Watters has also been an active contributor to the Women's Center at UD, and has provided service to support the Women's and Gender Studies program on campus, including teaching an introductory course for the Women's and Gender Studies major. In 2004, she was recognized with the UD Miryam Award.

Faculty Perspective

"What I like about the University of Dayton is working with our students and alumni, our amazing community and being afforded the opportunity to do work that is my true vocation."


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (1987)
  • M.A., University of Minnesota (1979)
  • B.S. University of Minnesota (1976)

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of social movements
  • Political campaign communication
  • Communication and social change

Selected Publications

Johnson, P. A., & Watters K. B. (in press). "Care ethics and the nurturing of public discourse: Language, values and the voice of Ellen Goodman." Teaching Ethics.

Watters, K. B., & Rideanor, C. S. (2007). "Gender equity in higher education." In R. Martin (Ed.), Transforming the academy: Struggles and strategies for women in higher education, II. Tehachapi, CA: GrayMill.