Instructional Communication: Three Basics for New Teachers

References and Further Readings

For more information on the concepts discussed in this video, see the articles listed below. 

Instructor Credibility

  • Finn, Amber N., Schrodt, Paul, Witt, Paul L., Elledge, Nikki, Jernberg, Kodiane A., & Larson, Lara M. (2009). A Meta-Analytical Review of Teacher Credibility and Its Associations with Teacher Behaviors and Student Outcomes. Communication Education,58(4), 516-537. Access via UK Libraries
  • McCroskey, James C., & Teven, Jason J. (1999). Goodwill: A Reexamination of the Construct and Its Measurement. Communication Monographs, 66(1), 90-103. Access via UK Libraries

Classroom Connectedness

  • Dwyer, K., Bingham, S., Carlson, R., Prisbell, M., Cruz, A., & Fus, D. (2004). Communication and connectedness in the classroom: Development of the connected classroom climate inventory. Communication Research Reports, 21(3), 264-272. Access via UK Libraries 

Instructor Immediacy

  • Mottet, T., & Richmond, V. (1998). An inductive analysis of verbal immediacy: Alternative conceptualization of relational verbal approach/avoidance strategies. Communication Quarterly, 46(1), 25-40. Access via UK Libraries
  • Richmond, V., Mccroskey, J., & Johnson, A. (2003). Development of the nonverbal immediacy scale (NIS): Measures of self‐and other‐perceived nonverbal immediacy. Communication Quarterly, 51(4), 504-517. Access via UK LIbraries

Campus Resources

There are a variety of resources available to instructors seeking to enhance their skills and improve outcomes within their class.  Click the links below for more information. 

Instructional Communication Courses and Certificate

Thanks to the University of Kentucky Employee Education Program, faculty and staff may enroll in Instructional Communication courses within the College of Communication and Information graduate program.  Those interested may even consider completing the 12 credits needed to earn a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Communication.  

Faculty within this area also provide consulting services by request.  

Presentation U! 

The Presentation U! team will work with instructors to develop multimodal communication instructional modules, assignments, grading rubrics, and assessment methods they can integrate into their courses. Instructors may also request a workshop to be delivered in their classroom.

Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) 

CELT offers a variety of services to UK faculty and staff including programs on equity/inclusion, assessment, active learning, teaching with technology and more. 


This video was developed as a creative service assignment for CJT 616: Foundations in Instructional Communication.  Special thanks to Dr. Brandi Frisby for her sincere support and expert guidance throughout this invaluable course.