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Communication Program

­ Nicole Thom-Arens

Assistant Professor and Red & Green Adviser

Phone: 858-3245

Nicole started her career as a journalist producing newscasts at KY3 in Springfield, Missouri in 2004. As a self-proclaimed news junkie, she spent nearly two years in the thick of the chaos of the news business. From KY3, she moved to KOLR 10/KSFX, a joint CBS and FOX station also in Springfield, to produce news and station promos and field produce the MDA telethon.

In 2007, Nicole left the news industry to attend graduate school at Missouri State University where she studied writing with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition. This is also where Nicole's teaching experience began. As an academic, Nicole continues to use rhetoric to analyze popular culture and the media.

From fall 2012 through spring 2017, Nicole taught composition, children's literature, and creative writing in the English department at Minot State University. During this time, she earned an MFA in writing with an emphasis in creative nonfiction.

In fall 2017, Nicole was promoted to assistant professor and reassigned to communication arts where she teaches journalism and upper-division communication courses. She also advises the student newspaper the Red & Green and writes for the alumni magazine Connections.

MFA Writing, Lindenwood University, 2016
MA Writing, Missouri State University, 2011
BS Mass Communication, North Dakota State University, 2003

Research Areas:

  • Rhetoric
  • Mass Media
  • Journalism
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Fairy Tales