March 13, 2009
Kim Powell, Luther College professor of communication studies was appointed editor of Communication Studies from 2010-13.
Communication Studies, a regional communication journal, is regarded as one of the top five journals in the field.
Powell is the first small college faculty to be appointed editor of the journal, a position usually assigned to leading communication faculty from large universities.
"What I'm hoping it means is more name recognition for Luther College," says Powell.
For nine years, Powell has edited the Iowa Journal of Communication, an award-winning journal devoted to scholarship in all areas of communication studies that address the scholarly and instructional needs of K-12, community college, and four-year college and university communication studies faculty.
As editor of the Iowa Journal of Communication, Powell has received the Central States Communication top journal award from 2002-08.
Powell holds the bachelor of science degree from Berry College, the master of arts degree in communication studies from Northern Illinois University and the doctoral degree in speech communication from the University of Georgia. She has taught at Luther College 17 years, specializing in rhetoric and gender studies.
In 2000, Powell published her first book titled, "Living Miracles: Stories of Hope from Parents of Premature Babies."
She was selected for "Who's Who Among American Women in 2005" and "Who's Who Among America's College and University Teachers" in 2004. From 2006-07, Powell taught and studied under a Fulbright Fellowship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.