Laura K. Gill, PhD
Laura K. Gill, PhD

Laura K. Gill, PhD

Instructor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Communication Studies

Position

  • Instructor

Teaching Activity

  • COM 101 Digital Communication Lab (Online)
  • COM 111 Introduction to Communication (Online and Traditional)
  • COM 152 Civic Engagement through Public Communication (Online and Traditional)
  • COM 152F Freshman Leadership Program: Civic Engagement through Public Communication
  • COM 171 Friendships and Our Changing Social World
  • COM 176 Talk to me, TED: Leadership, Social Media, and Communication
  • COM 201 Introduction to Debate and Forensics
  • COM 202 Communication Theories
  • COM 211 Relationships, Work, and Culture
  • COM 301 Intermediate Debate and Forensics
  • COM 314 Managerial Communication (Online and Traditional)
  • COM 320/ILS 320 Theories of Leadership and Organizational Change (Online and Traditional)
  • COM 352 Advanced Presentational Forms
  • COM 360 Interpersonal Communication (Online)
  • COM 361 Organizational Communication (Online)
  • COM 362 Small Group Communication
  • COM 401 Junior Varsity Debate and Forensics
  • COM 501 Varsity Debate and Forensics

Biography

Laura Gill (Ed.D. Creighton University; M.S. South Dakota State University) joined Creighton in the Fall of 2008. She has taught Digital Communication Lab; Theories of Leadership and Organizational Change; Relationships, Work, and Culture; and Managerial Communication. Laura has experience developing and teaching online classes, including the Digital Communication Lab course; Talk to me, TED: Leadership, Social Media, and Communication; Managerial Communication; and Theories of Leadership. She has also previously served as an advisor in the Ratio Studiorum Program and worked with the Freshman Leadership Program. 
 
Laura is the Director of the Communication Center and enjoys working with students of various experience levels gain confidence speaking in front of others. She often works with students who exhibit high speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking.

Laura coached Speech and Debate students from 2004 to 2014. Numerous students successfully earned spots in a variety of Individual Events outrounds at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament and the National Forensics Association Tournament. She coached the National Champion of Program Oral Interpretation, Whitney Rice, in 2008 and Creighton's first National Champion of Prose Interpretation, Chris Fowler, in 2010.

Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Gill, L. K. (2012). Tell me what you see: Teaching persuasion unconventionally. In F. Mullen & W. Mullen (Eds.), Teaching communication creatively: Practical ideas to enhance student learning (pp. 17). Liberty University Press; Lynchburg, VA., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 2012

Presentations

  • Gill, L. K. (2014, August). Public speaking strategies. Workshop at University of Nebraska, Omaha: United Way Loaned Executives, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Gill, L. K. (2014, August). Interpersonal communication and patient interactions. Presentation at Creighton University: Dental Program Students, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Gill, L. K. (2014, October). Effective communication for leadership. Presentation at Creighton University: Creighton Student Union Presidential Fellowship, Omaha, NE., 2014
  • Gill, L. K. (2013, November). This is it: Connecting practice with perfection. Presentation at National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C., 2013
  • Gill, L. K. (2013, November). Speak your mind: Why presentations are about much more than speaking. Presentation at Creighton University: University College/Graduate School Nontraditional Students Week, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • Communication Studies Colloquium, September 2012. Online Course Development of COM 111: Introduction to Communication Studies., 2012
  • Keimig, L. K. (2009, November). When climates collide: Combing through the forensics culture shock. Presentation at National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL., 2009

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • Creighton University Student Technology Fees Grant Recipient: Development of Communication Center, May 2014

Awards and Honors

  • 7th Place Finalist in Dramatic Interpretation, Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament, 2014
  • Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Semi-Finalist in Communication Analysis, American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, 2013
  • Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Quarter-Finalist in Rhetorical Criticism, Team Sweepstakes 5th President’s Division III, National Forensics Association Tournament, 2013
  • Director of Forensics, Creighton University, State Champion in Communication Analysis, 6th Place Finalist in Program Oral Interpretation, Top Novice in Program Oral Interpretation, Top Novice in Prose Interpretation, Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament, 2013
  • IGGY recipient, Creighton University, 2012
  • Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Quarter-Finalists in Dramatic Duo, American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, 2012
  • Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Quarter-Finalist in Prose Interpretation, National Forensics Association Tournament, 2011
  • Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Quarter-Finalists in Dramatic Duo, merican Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, 2011
  • Assistant Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Quarter-Finalists in Dramatic Interpretation, Dramatic Duo; National Champion in Prose Interpretation, National Forensics Association National Tournament, 2010
  • Assistant Director of Forensics, Creighton University, Quarter-Finalist in Prose Interpretation, American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament, 2010