Patricia Comeaux

Contact information: 

Department of Communication Studies
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-962-3265
Fax: 910-962-7061


Teaching Specialties

Public speaking, Communication Theory, Instructional Theories and Methods,
Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Organizational
Communication, Communication Training and Development (COM 428) , Communication and Leadership


Research Interests (Curriculum Vita)

I have always been interested in the dynamics of how individuals learn and have observed and examined teaching and learning in a variety of contexts. Most recently, I have been intrigued (and challenged) by the impact of interactive technologies on classroom communication and learning; see my article published in Communication Education which examines communication and learning in an interactive distance learning classroom (two way simultaneous audio and video).  Currently, I am examining communication and collaborative learning in Internet courses.

Professional Consulting and Service

Conducted numerous workshops and seminars for professional, educational and business organizations.  Seminar topics have included:

                Public Speaking Skills for Leaders
                Communication and Learning in the Classroom
                Effective Communication on the Job
                Enhancing Your Self-Image: Skills for the Professional Woman
                Planning and Conducting Effective Meetings
                Strategies for Promoting Interaction in Distance Learning Classrooms
                Team Building Strategies for Managers


Personal Background and Hobbies

I grew up in South Louisiana in Lafayette (the heart of "Acadiana") where we live by the philosophy of "laissez les bons temps rouler" (let the good times roll). We are affectionately referred to as "cajuns" and the rumors are true: the food is spicy and delicious, the music is great and everyone dances!!

In addition to dancing, I enjoy most outdoor activities: camping, biking, hiking, and sailing. While the ocean is beautiful and peaceful (except during hurricanes) here on the Eastern coast, I also enjoy the forest and mountains for exploring and camping.