Professor & Graduate Coordinator

Ryan L. Claassen

I teach a variety of courses in the areas of quantitative research methods, American politics, and political behavior - at both the doctoral and undergraduate levels. My research spans several literatures including political participation, citizen competence, public opinion, election administration, religion and politics, interest groups, and racial and ethnic politics; however, the common thread is political engagement.

Nichole L. Egbert

Nichole currently teaches courses in Health Communication, Relational Communication, and Foundations of Communication.  Her research interests include social support and health, health literacy, and spirituality/religiosity in health contexts.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Egbert, N. Daggs, J. L., & Reed, P. R. (in press). Students’ perceptions and misperceptions of the communication major: Opportunities and challenges of reputation.  Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.