Date of Award

Summer 8-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Communication Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Charles H. Tardy

Committee Chair Department

Communication Studies

Committee Member 2

Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre

Committee Member 2 Department

Communication Studies

Committee Member 3

Dr. Lawrence Hosman

Committee Member 3 Department

Communication Studies

Committee Member 4

Dr. Eura Jung

Committee Member 4 Department

Communication Studies

Committee Member 5

Dr. Steven J. Venette

Committee Member 5 Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

Higher education instructors must establish meaningful relationships with students in order to be effective. Student ratings of instructor dynamism, approachability, and credibility impact overall evaluations of instructors. Instructor use of strategic language choices, such as slang use in the classroom, impact these student evaluations. Here, the outcome of language choices’ impact on student evaluations is explored. To do so, both instructor and student sex main effects and interactions are tested. Last, specific methods, findings, as well as meaning and application are covered. Overall, instructor use of slang impacts student evaluations.

ORCID ID

orcid.org/0000-0001-9359-7229

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