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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Nov. 15, 2017

Katsion contributes ‘G.I.F.T.S.’ to book project

Dr. John Katsion

Dr. John Katsion

Two chapters authored by Dr. John Katsion, associate professor of communication at Northwest Missouri State University, are being published in an upcoming book, “Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS.”

The book is a compilation of more than 100 Great Ideas for Teaching Students, or G.I.F.T.S.

Katsion contributed text about a classroom activity for teaching the concept of power dynamics within a small group. He also submitted an idea for teaching non-verbal communication that aims to help students understand the way nonverbal immediacy cues work and uses an episode of TV’s “The Bachelor.”

Both of these teaching activities were ones I created while teaching at Northwest,” Katsion said. “I was asked to submit G.I.F.T.S. that I presented at various conference for this book project, along with a lot of other scholars in communication studies. Thankfully, two of my activities were chosen out of a very large pool of great ideas.”

Katsion joined the Northwest faculty in 2010 and teaches communication courses. He taught previously at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal, Missouri, and at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He has a Ph.D. in communication studies from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia; a master’s degree in speech communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato; and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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