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Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts

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David C. Bailey, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(417) 328-1699


David Bailey
Jordan Compton
Rebecca Godsey
Brett A. Miller
Jonathan Wehmeyer
Bethany Wood

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Gayla Prewitt


Brett Miller
Brett A. Miller, Ph.D.
Brett Miller
Professor of Communication
Jester Learning and Performance Center 209
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue,
Bolivar, MO 65613
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After teaching and coaching high school speech and debate for 10 years in the Springfield area, Brett joined the SBU faculty in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999, after completing his B.A. in English (1986) and M.A. in Communication (1995) from Missouri State University.

He published a book in 2002 on religious image repair called Divine Apology. Since then, he has continued to explore the issue of public image management in the discourse of business, entertainment, politics, and religion, publishing his research in regional and national journals. Most recently, Brett co-authored an article on politics and late-night comedy in Public Relations Review. Currently, he and a colleague are looking at the nature of public incivility and rhetorical outbursts.

Brett teaches a wide range of courses in communication where he regularly highlights the idea that how we communicate is as important as what we have to say. He has lectured and conducted workshops on topics such as public speaking, intercultural and organizational communication, and conflict management for academic audiences in Asia and all over the U.S., as well as churches and civic organizations across Southwest Missouri. He also provides communication consulting and training services for corporate and nonprofit organizations in the area.

He lives in Springfield, with his wife Betsy, who is a Title I reading specialist in the public schools. He has two daughters. Cassidy is a senior nonprofit leadership major at William Jewell College in Kansas City, and Carsen is a first year art major at North Park University in Chicago. In his free time, Brett plays guitar and sings in the folk-rock band, Brother Wiley.