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Dr. Charlotte Klesman, Assistant Professor

English and Communication
Assistant Professor of Communication

King 110
229. 391.4976

Faculty adviser for Phi Theta Kappa, Omega Delta Chapter


Office Hours, Spring 2018:  Monday & Wednesday 9-11 a.m.; Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. You can also schedule an appointment.

Office:  King Hall, Rm 107
Phone: 229-391-4976

Textbook for Human Communication, COMM 1100:
“Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies”, adapted by The Saylor Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License and available for free online. You can retrieve it at
10 Practices of Highly Successful College Students (2000), on reserve at the library.

Textbook for Public Speaking, COMM 1110:
“Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, v.1.0, available for free online at

No textbooks assigned for Professional Communication, COMM 3100; recommended reading is: 
Business and Professional Communication: KEYS for Workplace Excellence, 3rd Ed (2017) by Kelly Quintanilla & Shawn Wahl.
LLCN 2015040048/ISBN 978-1-5063-1552-2
The Life Story Interview, (1998) by Robert Atkinson, Qualitative Research Methods Series 44. ISBN 978-0-7619-0428-1 available in the bookstore.
10 Practices of Highly Successful College Students (2000), on reserve at the library.
Suggested reading: How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons, by Robert Blofield. ISBN 13: 978-1-63322-012-6, for $12.95. Will be available at the bookstore.

My current, faculty-led student research assignments involve communication projects with the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, with emphasis on collecting historic information and developing communication formats appropriate for the museum’s visitors. I’m particularly interested in oral history, which formed the bulk of my dissertation research and which I have expanded with help from students and the local community.

In Spring 2017, I taught a special class on oral history. Students interviewed elders from the Lower Muskogee Creek tribe in Tama Village then transcribed the interviews, and used coding and emergent grounded theory to develop insights into cultural identity and cultural meaning. The class returned to the village to present our findings to the community. It was exciting and fun to get to know this little-known community.


Dr. Klesman earned her doctorate at University of North Dakota, with concentration on communication between the local community members and Voyageurs National Park as her dissertation. Her work included research on communication related to environmental issues, the local Ojibwe community, relationships between National Park employees and community members, international water usage and personal perceptions of quality of life through interaction with natural environments. Her current research includes scholarly teaching and learning related to online and blended classes, collecting, preserving, disseminating and evaluating oral history to preserve the culture of underserved communities, environmental issues related to protecting natural places, water usage, and examination of the way women and minorities, particularly Native Americans, are portrayed in cultural communication.

Klesman earned her Masters degree in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin Superior, where she worked as the operations manager for the campus/public radio station. She developed a call-in talk radio show called “Computer Doc” for her graduate project. Her professional background includes work as a journalist in print and broadcast, public relations with nonprofit and government agencies, operations manager for television and radio stations, and broadcast production for television and radio. As an instructor she has developed and taught classes in public relations for nonprofits and writing for publication; online classes in business writing, online advertising and interpersonal communication; and community college classes in business advertising and online advertising/promotion, philosophy, world religion, ethics and morality.


COMM 1110, Public Speaking


» Syllabus

Course Description: Designed to develop techniques in research, organization and delivery of different types of speeches; to develop communication skills including the clear, concise, effective oral presentation of ideas; and to develop an acceptable speaking voice.
Pre-requisites/Co-Requisites: Pre-requisite – Exemption from or successful completion of READ 0099 and ENGL 0099.

COMM 1100, Human Communication


» Syllabus
» Calendar
» Textbook, Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies

Course Description: 3 credit hours. A broad-based oral communication class focusing on public speaking, interpersonal and small group communication.
Pre-requisites/Co-Requisites: Pre-requisite – Exemption from or successful completion of READ 0099 and ENGL 0099.
Textbook is online. The link is posted below.

COMM 3100, Professional Communication Methods


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» Calendar

A broad-based oral communication class focusing on public speaking, interpersonal and small group communication.

Pre-requisite – Exemption from or successful completion of READ 0099 and ENGL 0099.



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Upward Bound


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Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to generate in participants the academic skills and motivation necessary for success in post-secondary training. Upward Bound has been a vital part of ABAC and surrounding communities since 1977; thirty-five years of motivating students to succeed.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Omega Delta Chapter


» Phi Theta Kappa

PTK is an international honor society for outstanding students attending two-year colleges and four-year colleges offering Associate’s degrees. The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students by providing opportunities to develop leadership and service in an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas among the lively fellowship of scholars. Members must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Mad Writers' Group


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This group was founded by young adult writers meeting at the Tifton – Tift County Public Library. Members meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7 p.m. to write and to critique their work.