Lisa J. Goodnight, Ph.D.


Full Professor and Basic Course Director


Phone: (219) 989-2241

Fax: (219) 989-2008


Dr. Goodnight is a Professor of Communication and the Basic Course Director. She received Purdue University Calumet’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in August 2007.

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. Her research focuses on several areas including graduate teaching assistant training, distance learning pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, and presidential war rhetoric. She has served as a faculty mentor for the University’s Distance Education Program since 2006.

She is the co-author (with Dan Dunn) of Communication: Embracing Difference, Second Edition published by Allyn and Bacon (2008). 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.