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Thomas Endres

Thomas Endres


Communication Studies
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-1507
Cand 1265G
Office Hours
Wednesdays & Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Communication Studies
Campus Box 99
Greeley, CO 80639


PhD, University of Minnesota, Speech Communication

MA, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, Pastoral Studies

MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Speech Communication

BS, St. Cloud State University, Speech Communication & Secondary Education

Professional/Academic Experience

Director/Chair, School of Communication and Professor of Communication Studies, University of Northern Colorado (2003-current)

Professor and Chair of Communication, Division Director of Fine Arts & Humanities, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2000-2003)

Interim Chair, Modern & Classical Languages, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2002-03)

Associate Professor and Chair, Communication, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1995-2000)

Assistant Professor, Communication, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (1990-1995)

Assistant Professor and Director of Forensics, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN  (1986-1990)

Director of Forensics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN  (1983-1986)

Other Experience

Author/Photographer, Sturgis Stories: Celebrating the People of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Rally (2002, Kirk House Publishers)

External Reviewer for higher education programs including Concordia College, Normandale Community College, Minnesota State University – Mankato

Consultant/speaker for civic organizations and businesses including Honeywell, 3M, Medtronic

Research/Areas of Interest

Popular culture, rhetorical communities, leadership, group and organizational dynamics, family/intercultural/nonverbal communication, pedagogy, ethics, technology, online learning

Publications/Creative Works

Endres, Thomas G.  Keynote address.  From Sturgis to Bangkok: A Storied Journey.  World Conference on Media and Mass Communication.  Bangkok, Thailand.  April 2016. 

Endres, Thomas G. (2015).  Symbolic Convergence Theory. International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy.  Jensen, K. B. (Ed.).  Wiley-Blackwell. 

Endres, Thomas G.  Keynote address.  The Death and Life of Journalism: Competing Visions of Media Education.  Inaugural World Conference on Media and Mass Communication.  Beijing, China.  April 2016.

Endres, Thomas G. (2014).  A Symbolic Convergence Perspective.  In Sellnow, D. D., The Rhetorical Power of Popular Culture: Considering Mediated Texts, 2nd ed.  Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc. 

Endres, Thomas G. (2013).  The Family that Inks Together, Links Together: Tattoos as Family Identifiers. In Marrow, S.R. and Leoutsakas, D.A.V. (eds.), More Than Blood: Today’s Reality & Tomorrow’s Vision of Family.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. 

Endres, Thomas G.  Keynote address. Media and Mass Communication Education: A School’s-Eye View.  MediAsia/FilmAsia 2012: The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication/Film.  Osaka, Japan.  November 2012. 

Endres, Thomas G.  A Message-Centered Approach to Teaching a College Level Course in Popular Culture.  Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences.  2012 (October 5), Vol. 55, p. 746-755. 

Honors and Awards

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, Rocky Mountain Communication Association

2013 Administrator of the Year, NCA National States Advisory Council

2009 Service to the State, NCA National States Advisory Council. 

2008 Award for Communication Excellence (A.C.E.), Rocky Mountain Communication Association. 

2005 Academic Leadership Excellence. University of Northern Colorado Provost award. 

2001 Jeanne Robertson Outstanding Professor. National Speakers Association (NSA). 

2000 Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theater. Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota.

1994 Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society Outstanding Advisor of the Year. National Communication Association. 

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