Professor and ChairE-mail: Denise Polk, Ph.D.
Office: Wayne Hall 202
Office hours: T 11-12; W 11-12; R: 2:25-4:25 Advisees must bring their updated COM advising sheet for advising.
Denise M. Polk, Ph.D. holds the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, and she is serving as chair of the department. Dr. Polk's teaching and research areas focus mainly in the areas of interpersonal communication, work-family integration, conflict resolution, and health communication. She has focused mostly on marital, dating, and family relationships and has been able to integrate the area of health into her research with studies surrounding Alzheimer's disease.
Recent research and service interests involve sustainability and environmental communication. She also serves as the West Chester Borough Council Ward 7 Representative.
In addition to presentations at national and regional conferences, her publications include: From dreams to possibilities: The personal and career dreams of a group of young South Africans living in contexts of poverty in The International Journal of Educational Sciences (co-authored with Ansie Kitching), What are they hearing? The impact of perceptions of parental communication on youth in Community, Work, and Family, Weight-related stigma as a predictor of self-disclosure patterns in women in The Open Communication Journal (co-authored with Gwen Hullman), Intersecting work and family: The influence of relational beliefs and behaviors on work-family integration in Journal of Management and Organization, Teaching nonverbal communication using children’s reading material in Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course, Speaking the language of relational maintenance: A validity test of Chapman’s (1992) five love languages in Communication Research Reports (co-authored with Nichole Egbert), When dysfunction complicates caring: Critiquing a family caregiving model for Alzheimer’s dementia in Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, and Communication and family caregiving for Alzheimer’s dementia: Linking attributions and problematic integration in Health Communication.
Dr. Polk is a member of the National Communication Association. Before coming to West Chester University, Dr. Polk taught at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. She holds a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Dr. Polk joined the faculty of West Chester University in 2005.