Heidi L. Muller is a communication theory scholar who studies communication practices from a language and social interaction perspective. Combining a communication perspective (Ph. D., University of Colorado-Boulder) with a background in education (Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education) and psychology (B.A., Carleton College), her primary research focus is the educational practice of classroom discussion. In theorizing instructional interaction, her work is reflexive and involves developing theoretically informed discourses and practices of dialogic and dialectical discussion as well as interactive pedagogy. She teaches a wide range of classes incorporating developmentally-based and choice-driven instructional design and often implements Advantage Classroom Pedagogy, an approach that originated in her teaching at UNC. She is the co-editor of the reader Theorizing Communication: Readings Across Traditions and has served as the President of the Rocky Mountain Communication Association. She has been the recipient of RMCA’s Award for Communication Excellence and has received numerous teaching accolades.
She is currently involved in a variety of on-going projects. Several of these are interwoven strands of practical theorizing and include: continued contextualization of communication as a practical discipline through the lens of the ramifications, connections, and implications of the seven traditions meta-theoretical framework, bringing experiential perspectives into the conversation within the semiotic and cybernetic traditions of communication theory, providing access to both the idea of intercontextuality and intercontextual interaction as well as the capacity to engage in a communicative state, and articulating a theory of engaging constructed spaces. As part of this last strand of work she incorporates her background as an athlete and coach along with her interest in art and organic design to explore connections between sport, education, communication, and society. She is also working to develop hybrid and on-line courses that are experientially engaging.
Heidi travels extensively, has summited two fourteeners, hangs with her crazy dog Uki, lives as a breast cancer survivor, and is an active member of the Softball for a Cure and Alley Art Mosaic communities.