Cicely Wilson


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Dr. Cicely Wilson joined the department full time in 2019. As an instructional communication scholar, her research interests focus on the impact of first-generation college students' communication apprehension on college retention. She plans to continue investigating the impact of communication apprehension on college students' academic success.

Her 20-year teaching career focused primarily on teaching adult learners, first-generation college students, and students at risk of college attrition. Dr. Wilson's teaching expertise lies in Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Leadership Communication.

The Arkansas native is an avid reader, a fan of British murder mysteries, and a superhero enthusiast.


Doctor of Philosophy, Communication, University of Memphis, 2013
Master of Arts, English, University of Memphis, 2006
Master of Arts, Speech Communication, Kansas State University, 2002
Bachelor of Arts, English, Philander Smith College, 1999


University of Memphis, Online Instructor/Coordinator, 2019
University of Memphis, Adjunct Instructor, 2016-2019
Dyersburg State Community College, Adjunct Instructor, 2016
Chicago State University, Assistant Professor of Communication, 2013
Victory University (formerly Crichton College), Assistant Professor of Communication, 2007
Mid-South Community College, Communication Instructor, 2005
Lane College, English/Speech Instructor, 2002
Barton County Community College, Adjunct Instructor, 2000


Wei, F., Lundy, A. and Wilson, C. (2019). A new method of using student self-assessment: bridging gaps between teaching content and student learning. Communication Teacher, 33, 315-328. doi:10.1080/17404622.2019.1575436

Hendrix, K. G., & Wilson, C. (2014). Virtual invisibility: Race and Communication Education. Communication Education, 63, 405-428. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2014.934852

Wilson, C. T. (reprint 2013). Carmichael's use of Aristotle and Quintilian's rhetorical theories of emotional appeal to promote black consciousness. In P.J. Daniels (Ed.), The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane (106-120). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Wilson, C. T. (2012). Carmichael's use of Aristotle and Quintilian's rhetorical theories of emotional appeal to promote Black consciousness. The Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 25 (1), 25-48.