Barb King, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Barbara King

Associate Professor of Communication 262.524.7134 Betty Lou Tikalsky House 201




Dr. King is a Wisconsin native and proud Carroll alumna. She enjoys teaching courses in intercultural communication, rhetorical criticism, research methodology, and principles of communication. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and getting her hands dirty in her garden.


  • Wayne State University, Ph.D., 1995
  • Purdue University, M.A., 1991
  • Carroll College, B.A., 1987

Areas of Specialization

Intercultural Communication, Adoptive Family Communication, Rhetorical Criticism

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Award-winning teacher with several publications and numerous presentations at regional and national conferences.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Institutional Service

  • Tenure and Promotion committee, Carroll University
  • Athletic Hall of Fame committee, Carroll University
  • Department Chair, Carroll University
  • Student Life, Faculty Development, and Faculty/Staff Concerns, Carroll University (past service)
  • Faculty Athletics Representative

Honors and Awards


  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2017


  • Norman and Louise Allhiser Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016
  • Benjamin F. Richason Jr. Award for Research and Educational Innovation, 2002
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2021

What is your teaching style?

While I take my job very seriously, I try not to take myself too seriously.

Why do you do what you do?

As a proud Carroll alumna, I aim to continue the COM program’s tradition of excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising.

How do you make learning engaging?

In my classes, we talk, we laugh, we listen, we move around, we write, we watch, we argue, we think, we learn, we change. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s truly a privilege.

What should students know about you?

Students describe me as high energy, empathic and a bit quirky.

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