Autumn Edwards

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Autumn P. Edwards
Professor of Communication
(269) 387-0358
221 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5318
Mailing address: 
School of Communication
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5318 USA
  • Ph.D., Communication, Ohio University, 2006
  • M.A., University of Kansas
  • B.A, Texas Tech University
Teaching interests: 
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Communication theory
  • Family communication
  • Communication research methods
Research interests: 
  • Personal theories of communication
  • Interpersonal message design
  • Computer mediated communication

Dr. Autumn P. Edwards is a professor in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Her scholarly interests include interpersonal communication and communication theory, in both face-to-face and computer-mediated contexts. Her research focuses on the influence of individuals' personal theories of communication on aspects of community life, relational health and personal wellbeing. In addition, her recent scholarship has examined the influence of online message behavior on interpersonal impressions. Dr. Edwards has been named as one of the "Women in Robotics You Need to Know About- 2020." 

Edwards' recently published work appears in several edited books and journals such as:

  • Communication Education
  • Communication Research Reports
  • Communication Studies
  • Computers in Human Behaviour
  • Health Communication
  • Journal of Family Communication
  • The Journal of Computer Mediated Communication

Edwards is the author of the introductory communication textbook, The Communication Age (Sage; with Chad Edwards, Shawn Wahl and Scott Myers). She is also the recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Award and the Kim Giffin Research Award from the University of Kansas and was designated a Claude Kantner Research Fellow at Ohio University. She also a recipient of WMU's 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award.