Faculty & Staff
Dr. Jessica Rousselow-Winquist
Department Chair & Professor of CommunicationOffice Location: Rupp 201
Phone: (765) 998-5280
Specialties: rhetoric, intercultural communication, interpersonal and gender communication, theatre history, theatre literature
PhD, Speech Communication, University of Minnesota, 1980
MA, Speech Communication, University of Minnesota, 1965
BA, Speech and English Literature, Northwestern College, 1962
Why I love teaching at Taylor:
As far back as I can remember I have loved books. As a child, I read my way through every book in our house as well as all the books in the school and town libraries. Stories transported me to faraway places and introduced me to people whose lives were very different than mine. I loved learning new things, and I loved teaching them to my sister and brother. Teaching, it seems is part of my genetic code, and teaching at Taylor is a unique place. I work with dedicated and talented colleagues, and I interact with a wide variety of students from all over the U.S. and many other countries. I am constantly challenged to learn where students in my classes are intellectually, emotionally, spiritually in order to guide them on their own intellectual, emotional and spiritual journeys. Each time I stand before a new group of students I realize that I am talking to future teachers, scholars, lawyers, business men and women, parents, civic and political leaders. I know they want to make a difference in the world and I am privileged to be involved in their learning. I love my job and they pay me too!
Advice to incoming students:
- Ask questions
- Believe in your dreams
- Care for yourself -- your mind, body and spirit
- Do good work all of the time
- Enjoy your time to learn and grow
- Finish what you start
- Go for the gold!
My husband and I both enjoy international travel. Recent travels have taken us to Germany where we attended the Oberammergau Passion Play; New Zealand where I learned about the Maori culture; Iceland where I learned about its long tradition of democracy; South Africa where I learned about apartheid and its aftermath and saw wonderful natural parks; Cambodia where I learned about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge and viewed the wonderful temples of Angkor Watt; and Australia. Our travels are usually like taking intense graduate courses. I always bring back new perspectives and new content for my classes.
When we are at home, Alan and I spend time with our flower gardens. We love the experience of seeing things grow. Planting a seed is an affirmation of faith in the power of God in creation.