• Professor Patricia Palmerton

    Patricia Palmerton

    Professor, Communication & Conflict Studies


    Dr. Patricia R. Palmerton is a Professor of Communication Studies and Conflict Studies at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.  She received her BA in Psychology (1972) from Macalester College, St. Paul. Minnesota, and her MA (1979) and PhD (1984) in Speech Communication form the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. She has worked extensively with faculty across disciplines on integrating oral communication activities into the classroom, and has consulted nationwide on curriculum development, and internationally on organizational effectiveness.  She has presented and published research on communication processes as they relate to learning, including research on the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in educations, communication in conflict situations, and communication in relationship to equine therapeutic activities with individuals with special needs.

    Teaching Style

    Professor Palmerton works in a situation where she is constantly interacting with interested and interesting people--people who care, and people who are willing to take risks needed to learn.  Teaching Communication Studies is a real joy to her.  With every course she teaches, she wants students to understand that they have a potential to make a difference by understanding how the communication processes work, and how individuals singly, or in groups, organizations, or society at large can use these processes ethically.

    "The other day one of our students asked me why I like teaching what I teach.  I had to think for a bit - it's not a question often asked.  I decided that for me there are many answers to that question, but one theme runs through them all:  what I teach has the potential to make a difference."

    - Patricia Palmerton

  • Presentations

    Palmerton, Patricia R.  “Toward a Frame-Based Theory of Abuse:  An Ongoing Exploration,” presented at the International Association of Conflict Management, Budapest, Hungary, July 2007. 

    Palmerton, Patricia R. & Sayer, Scilla. “Horsing Around Without Horsing Around:  An Examination of Equestrian Vaulting for Children and Young Adults with Special Needs and Their Support Networks.”  Report commissioned by Equibuddy and supported in part by the Scottish Equestrian Association. 

    Palmerton, Patricia R.  “Maintaining an Abusive Relationship:  What Do Relational Maintenance Behaviors Really Mean?”  presented at the National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2002. 

    Palmerton, Patricia R.  “The Legitimization of Dialectic:  Socratic Strategy in the Gorgias,” Central States Speech Association Convention, Top Three Papers in Rhetorical Criticism, Lincoln, NE, April 1983

    Additional Publications

    Dannels, D.P., Palmerton, P.R., Housley, A.L. Incorporating communication in the disciplines: A resource for the teacher development and training (currently under review)

    Palmerton, Patricia R. (2005). Liberal education and communication across the curriculum: A response to Anthony Fleury. Communication Education, 54, pp. 80-85.

    Palmerton, Patrica R. "Terrorism as Persuasion", The Hamline Magazine, Spring 2002.

    Bonilla, James Francisco & Palmerton, Patricia R. (2001). A Prophet in Your Own Land? Using Faculty Student Focus Groups To Address Issues of Race, Ethnicity, & Gender in the Classroom. In Devorah Lieberman and Catherine Wehlburg (Eds). To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Vol. 19. Bolten, MA: Anker Publishing.

    Cronin, Michael W., Grice, George L., and Palmerton, Patricia R. (2000). Oral communication across the curriculum: The state of the art after twenty-five years of experience. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 29, No. 1, pp. 68-87.

    Bonilla, James Francisco & Palmerton, Patricia R. (2000). Hamline faculty and student voices: Race, ethnicity, & gender in the classroom. The Hamline Review, 24, pp. 72-94

    Palmerton, Patricia R. (1992). Teaching skills or teaching thinking? Journal of Applied Communication Research, 20, pp. 335-341