Jordan Atkinson

Jordan Atkinson
  • Associate Professor of the Practice
  • Director, Organizational Communication Graduate Programs


Dr. Jordan Atkinson is the Director of the Organizational Communication Graduate Programs and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. As a communication scholar investigating instructional and organizational communication contexts, Dr. Atkinson’s research has been published in the journals Communication Education, Communication Teacher, Journal of Communication Pedagogy, Basic Communication Course Annual, Ohio Communication Journal, and Iowa Journal of Communication. Dr. Atkinson has also published book chapters in Casing Conflict Communication, Communication and Learning, Casing the Family, Communicating Advice, andCasing Sport Communication. Dr. Atkinson regularly presents his research at the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Eastern Communication Association (ECA).

Dr. Atkinson is currently serving on the Convention Committee at NCA and as Vice Chair-Elect of the Instructional Development Division at NCA. Dr. Atkinson is also currently the Second Vice President of the Eastern Communication Association. He has served in multiple leadership positions at ECA, including the Chair and Program Planner of several interest groups, the Co-Planner of the 2022 McCroskey and Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference, the Program Planner of the Graduate Student Poster Session, the Short Course Director, as an Executive Council member, and a member of the Nominating Committee. Dr. Atkinson also serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Communication Pedagogy, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Quarterly. For his service to the discipline, Dr. Atkinson was awarded the 2021 Presidential Citation Award for Service from NCA.

Before coming to KU, Dr. Atkinson was a tenured Associate Professor of Communication at Missouri Western State University where he served as Chair of the Graduate Council, on the Faculty Senate, the Honors Committee, and the Three-Minute Thesis Committee. Dr. Atkinson is originally from Pikeville, Kentucky. He completed his Ph.D. in Communication Studies at West Virginia University where he was awarded the Doctoral Student Teaching Award and the Doctoral Student Peer Collegiality Award. Dr. Atkinson completed his M.A. in Communication and two B.A. degrees in Secondary Education and Communication from Morehead State University in Kentucky.