Lisa J. Goodnight, Ph.D.


Full Professor


Phone: (219) 989-2241



Dr. Lisa J. Goodnight is a Professor of Communication and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students. She received Purdue University Calumet’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in August 2007. During 2012-2013, Dr. Goodnight was selected as a Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Office.

She earned her doctorate in rhetorical theory and criticism from Purdue University. She also holds a M.A. in rhetorical theory and criticism from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Purdue University Calumet.

Dr. Goodnight teaches the basic communication course, persuasion, interviewing, pedagogy, political and presidential communication, and social movement rhetoric. She has developed several courses for distance learning. She is also associated with the Honors College.  Her research focuses on several areas including graduate teaching assistant training, distance learning pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, and presidential war rhetoric. She served as a faculty mentor for the University’s Distance Education Program from 2006-2011.  As Dual Credit Program Coordinator since 2009, Dr. Goodnight serves as the liaison to the Indiana Commission of Higher Education, partner high schools, and other university dual credit programs.

She is the co-author (with Dan Dunn) of Communication: Embracing Difference, Fourth Edition published by Allyn and Bacon/Pearson (2014). She is also the co-editor (with Sam Wallace) of The Basic Communication Course Online: Scholarship and Application published by Kendall Hunt (2005). She has authored many papers presented at the National Communication Association Conference, The Basic Communication Course Directors’ Conference, and other national conferences.

As Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students, Dr. Goodnight oversees the Dean of Students Office, the Career Center, the Counseling Center, Equal Opportunity Programs, the Office of Disability Resources, and Campus Life. As the Dean of Students, she services on the Purdue University Calumet/Purdue University North Central Unification Committee and the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Unification Steering Committee.