Prof Hendrix

Katherine Grace Hendrix, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

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I am an instructional communication scholar with a broad teaching range including argumentation, interpersonal and intercultural communication, and qualitative research methods. Given this, I am dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and study professor and graduate teaching assistant (GTA) communication contributing to their classroom credibility. The pedagogical contributions of and challenges faced by professors and GTAs of color are of particular interest to me—including international graduate teaching assistants with English as a Second Language who teach oral performance courses. In addition, I employ a critical approach to investigating the implicit rules and issues of power associated with conducting academic research and the publication process. I love growing roses, photography, and serving as a stewardess at my church where my duties include serving communion. When I grow up, I want to be a wedding photographer.


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

Sample Publications

Wilson, C. T., Umi, S. A., Reid, A., & Hendrix, K. G. (2023). Still passed over: race and the forgotten professors and students of color. Communication Education, 72 (2), 124–146. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2022.2145491 

Wilson, C. T., & Hendrix, K. G. (2022). Less talk, more action: Moving Communication Education toward racial justice. Communication Education, 71 (4), 374–379. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2022.2105918 

Hendrix, K. G. (2022). Dr. Ann Q. Staton: Advocate mentor and master seamstress. Communication Education, 71 (1), 54–56. https://doi.org/10.1080/03634523.2021.2005815

Hendrix, K. G. (2021). There are no awards for surviving racism, sexism, and ageism in the academy: Contemplations of a senior faculty member.  Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies Journal, 18:3, 246-262. https:// doi:10.1080/14791420.2020.1865551

Hendrix, K. G. (2020). Disrupting institutional erasure: Organizational exit, remembrance, value, and the need to matter.  Gender, Work, and Organizations, 28:4, 1323-1336. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12609 

Hendrix, K. G. (2020). When teaching fails due to third-party interference: a blackgirl warrior’s story.  Communication Education, 69:4, 414-422. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2020.1804067  

Rudick, K., Zoffel, N., & Hendrix, K. G. (2020).  Engage and activate: Navigating college and beyond. San Diego, CA: Cognella. 

Hendrix, K. G. (2020). The Lone Ranger, Tonto, and Katherine: What’s the script for a senior faculty member? Qualitative Inquiry, 26, 379-387. doi.org/10.1177/1077800419838588Published online March 29, 2019



National Communication Association (NCA) Distinguished Scholar 2023  https://www.natcom.org/awards/distinguished-scholar-award

Katherine Grace Hendrix Research Award - Southern States Communication Association - Instructional Development Division. First award to be given in Spring 2024.

Benjamin W. Rawlins Jr. Meritorious Professorship (2021-2023) – College of Communication and Fine Arts – University of Memphis.

Lifetime Service Award – African American Communication and Culture Division/Black Caucus, National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN.

Distinguished Article Award – Instructional Development Division (IDD), National Communication Association, Indianapolis, IN - Virtual invisibility: Race and Communication Education. Co-authored with Dr. Cicely T. Wilson.

Top Paper Panelist in the Ethnography Division, Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) conference, Frisco, TX - Disrupting Institutional Erasure: Remembrance, Value, and Organizational Exit.

Participant – Scholars’ Office Hours, National Communication Association (NCA), 2017- 2019, 2021.

“Top Paper” in the Instructional Development Division, Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) conference, Greenville, SC – Investigating Hidden Diversity in Higher Education: African American and White Faculty Perceptions of Teacher-Student Interaction in a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Co-authored with Flora Wei.

Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Excellent Teaching in Higher Education, National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Honoree, Excellent Teachers on Teaching panel, National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

University of Memphis, Alumni Association, Excellence in Research in the Humanities.

Rose B. Johnson Award for “Best Article published in the Southern Communication Journal,” Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) conference, Dallas, TX - An Invitation to Dialogue: Do Communication Journal Reviewers Mute the Race-Related Research of Scholars of Color?