Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Karen Baynham

Senior Lecturer and Basic Course Director

Area:  COMM
Areas of Specialization:  Communication, Public Adminstration, and Management

Office:  JO 4.602B
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2978

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Communication and the Basic Course Director (BCD) in the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities. I am happy to be responsible for co-developing the core required course COMM 1311—Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication. In co-managing the program, I work to identify and hire top talent for both full- and part-time faculty positions, organize and facilitate technology training for all COMM 1311 instructors, and provide classroom observations and faculty evaluations. As the BCD, I maintain the daily operations of running the program, which has increased to 33 sections and 16 faculty members. Along with the COMM 1311 faculty, I promote and facilitate identifying and sharing Best Practices for teaching the basic course to make improvements each semester. My teaching experience consists of Business Communication and Advanced Business Communication, which improves students' public speaking and presentation skills, networking skills, and hones their social media presence by creating professional profiles and building/maintaining an online portfolio. In addition, I taught five years of RHET 1101 (now UNIV 1010), developing students' public speaking skills through impromptu informative speeches and group presentations, as well as developing team work skills, personal growth and personal responsibility skills for freshmen.

I am proud to represent Arts and Humanities as a member of the Academic Senate, as well as a member of the National Communication Association (NCA). I also have eight years of experience in Career Services at UT Dallas, specializing in developing and managing experiential learning programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

My research focuses on:

  • Identifying and implementing "significant learning experiences" for COMM 1311 students.
  • Writing strong SLOs and determining meaningful assessments of the course objectives.
  • Pursuing Best Practices for teaching and facilitating hybrid and online courses.

I am honored to be a part of Arts and Humanities and I aim to enrich the lives of UTD students by helping them develop strong, well-rounded interpersonal and communication skills through COMM 1311. Also, I love being the adviser to the student organization P.A.W.S.!

I have industry experience as well, with expertise in program management, marketing, internal/external relationship development, and hiring and managing highly qualified employees.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Karen Baynham

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Marketing and Management
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Public Administration, and Management

Curriculum Vitae:  Karen Baynham's CV