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Katherine Hendrix

hendrixKatherine G. Hendrix

Degrees Held

B.A., Speech Communication, California State University, Fresno
M.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Davis
Ph.D., Communication, University of Washington

Academic Summary

Dr. Hendrix is an instructional communication scholar with a broad teaching range including argumentation, interpersonal and intercultural communication, and qualitative research methods.  She is dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and studies professor and graduate teaching assistant (GTA) communication contributing to their classroom credibility.  Dr. Hendrix has a particular interest in the pedagogical contributions of and challenges faced by professors and GTAs of color—including international graduate teaching assistants with English as a Second Language who teach oral performance courses.  She is a critical scholar who investigates the taken for granted norms within the discipline as evidenced by her award-winning article entitled, “An invitation to dialogue: Do communication journal reviewers mute the race-related research of scholars of color?” Qualitative methods are employed to explore implicit rules and issues of power associated with questions of epistemology, axiology, and ontology coupled with the academic research process. Her career in postsecondary education includes teaching and administrative positions in both the community college and university educational systems.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Conflict
Intercultural Communication
Instructional Communication (Post-secondary Teaching)
Oral Communication
Argumentation & Debate

Awards and Honors

Dr. Hendrix has been nominated for teaching and research awards at the University of Memphis and within her regional and national communication associations. Most recently, Dr. Hendrix was awarded University of Memphis Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities (2013). Prior to the Alumni Association award, she received the 2012 Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Michael Osborn Teacher/Scholar Award and her merit in teaching was acknowledged on the Excellent Teachers on Teaching panel sponsored by the National Communication Association (NCA) at its 2012 annual conference. In 2011, she received the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean's Research Award at the University of Memphis. The SSCA also awarded her the 2002 John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award and 2006 Rose B. Johnson Southern Communication Journal Best Article Award. She is the only person within her association to win all three awards. Lastly, the International and Intercultural Division of NCA acknowledged one of her publications as the 2006 Outstanding Journal Article for that division.

The impact of her methodological style and lines of inquiry on the discipline have been noted twice within the past five years by National Communication Association Distinguished Carroll C. Arnold Lecturers, Dr. Gerry Philipsen (University of Washington) and Brenda J. Allen (University of Colorado) in 2008 and 2011.

Major Publications

Hebbani, A., & Hendrix, K. G. (2014). Capturing the experiences of international teaching assistants in the U.S. American classroom. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 138, 61-72.

Hendrix, K. G., & Hebbani, A. (Eds). (2014). Hidden roads: Nonnative English-speaking international professors in the classroom. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 138,  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Hendrix, K. G., & Hebbani, A.  (2014). The hidden road: The journey of the non-native English speaking international communication professor from teaching assistant to tenured professor (Editors’ Notes). New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 138, 1-3.

Hendrix, K. G., & Wilson, C. (2014). Virtual invisibility: Race and Communication Education. Communication Education, 63, 405-428.

Hendrix, K. G. (2011). The growth stages and maturation of an outsider-within: Developing a critical gaze and earning the right to speak. Qualitative Inquiry, 17, 315-324.

Hendrix,  K. G. (2011).  Home as respite for the working-class academic.  In A. Gonzalez, M. Houston, & Chen, V. (Eds.). Our voices: Essays in culture, ethnicity, and communication (5th ed.) (pp. 240-246).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Hendrix, K. G. (2010). Communication and the preparation of future faculty: Managing the incoherencies.  In D. Fassett & J. Warren (Eds.). Handbook of communication and instruction (pp.81-106). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Hendrix, K. G. (Ed.). (2010). Accepting the invitation to dialogue: The Communication discipline, journal review process, and race/ism-related research [Special Issue]. Southern Communication Journal, 75 (2).

Hendrix, K. G. (2010).  Dialoguing with the ‘communication chorus’: Mapping the contours of ‘the morass.' Southern Communication Journal, 75, 127-136.

Hendrix, K. G. (Ed.).  (2007).  Neither white nor male: The inter/cross-cultural experiences of female faculty of color in academia.  New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 110, San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

Hendrix, K. G.  (2007).  “She must be trippin’”: The secret of disrespect from students of color toward faculty of color. New Directions in Teaching and Learning, 110, 85-96. 

Hendrix, K. G., Hebbani, A., & Johnson, O. (2007). The “Other” TA: An exploratory investigation of graduate teaching assistants of color (GTACs). In B. J. Allen, L. A. Flores, & M. P. Orbe (Eds.) International and Intercultural Communication Annual: Communication Within/Across Organizations (pp. 51-82). Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association.

Hendrix, K. G. (2005). An invitation to dialogue: Do communication journal reviewers mute the race related research of scholars of color?  Southern Communication Journal, 70, 329-345. (SSCA Rose B. Johnson Award, Best Published Article in SCJ; 2006 recipient for Best Journal Article from the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association (NCA): 2006 nominee for best article, African-American Communication & Cultural Studies Division of NCA)

Hendrix, K. G., Jackson, R., II & Warren, J. (2003).  Shifting academic landscapes: Exploring co-identities, identity negotiation and critical progressive pedagogy. Communication Education, 52, 177-190.Top paper presented at the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) convention, Tampa, FL.

Jackson, R., II & Hendrix, K. G. (Eds.). (2003). "Racial, Cultural, and Gendered Identities in Educational Contexts: Communication Perspectives on Identity Negotiation [Special issue].Communication Education, 52.

Hendrix, K. G. (2002). Did being Black introduce bias into your study?: Attempting to mute the race-related research of Black scholars. Howard Journal of Communications, 13, 153-171.

Hendrix, K. G., & Bulusu, A. (2002). Teaching assistant workshop: Race, ethnicity, and nationality in the classroom. In J. S. Trent (Ed.) National Communication Association/American Association of Higher Education diversity monograph:  Promoting the Success of Students of Color in Communication (pp. 137-140). Washington, DC: National Communication Association.

Hendrix, K. G. (2001).  "Mama told me . . . ": Exploring childhood lessons that laid a foundation for my endarkened epistemology. Qualitative Inquiry, 7, 559-577.

Hendrix, K. G. (2000). Assessment and skill development for ESL students in mainstream communication classes requiring oral presentations. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 29, 196-212.

Hendrix, K. G. (2000). Now what do I do?: Advice for non-ESL instructors teaching courses requiring oral presentations. College Student Journal, 34, 641-651.

Hendrix, K. G. (2000). Graduate teaching assistant guide to public speaking. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Hendrix, K. G. (2000). Peer mentoring for graduate teaching assistants: Training and utilizing a valuable resource. Basic Communication Course Annual, 12, 161-192.

Hendrix, K. G. (1999). Constructing an orientation session to address graduate teaching assistant (GTA) self concerns. Journal of Graduate Teaching Assistant Development, 6, 65-72.

Hendrix, K. G. (1998). Teaching argumentation perspectives in the argumentation and debate course using a nontraditional exemplar. Speech Communication Teacher, 13, 6-7.

Quigley, B. L., Hendrix, K. G., & Friesem, K. (1998). Graduate teaching assistant training: Preparing instructors to assist ESL students in the introductory public speaking course. Basic Communication Course Annual, 10, 58-89.

Hendrix, K. G. (1997). Student perceptions of verbal and nonverbal communication cues leading to images of professor credibility. Howard Journal of Communication, 8, 251-274.

Quigley, B. L, Nyquist, J., & Hendrix, K. G. (1993). Using videotape to promote teaching diversity in the classroom. In K. G. Lewis (Ed.), 3rd National Conference Proceedings on the Training and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants (pp. 278-284). Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

Hendrix, K. G. (1987). Research reflections. Fresno City College Visions Project. Fresno, CA.


Hendrix, K. G. (Producer), Liban, D. (Director), & Quigley, B. L. (Producer). (1997). Student speeches 4th edition videotape to accompany Public Speaking. [Video]. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin.

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