Tressa Kelly

  • Position:  Lecturer
  • Department:  Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 110
  • Campus: 8504743043


Dr. Tressa Kelly, lecturer and basic course director of communication, teaches speech writing, rhetorical criticism, communication research methods, intercultural communication and gender communication.

Kelly’s teaching emphasizes the development of critical thinking, analysis and strategic public communication through high impact learning experiences. 

As basic course director, Kelly facilitates curriculum development, assesses quality course design and mentors all new graduate teaching assistants. She also teaches courses in traditional and online settings. She is a certified Quality Matter faculty peer reviewer who helps teams at the University and institutions across the country certify the quality of their online courses and online components. All of her online courses have achieved this prestigious designation.

In addition to Kelly’s academic work, she has been recognized for her dedication to teaching. In 2010, she received UWF Distinguished Teaching Award for her commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Before coming to UWF in 2004, she was a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan-Flint.

Degrees & Institutions:

She received a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts, a master’s degree in communication, both from Eastern Michigan University, and a doctorate in rhetoric at Wayne State University with a concentration in feminist rhetorical criticism. 


certified Quality Matters peer reviewer, public speaking, gender, online teaching, research methods and rhetoric

Keywords: visual communications, visual framing, advertising, research methods