Communication Department Faculty

School of Arts & Sciences

Communication Department Faculty

Tamara Brown, Chair

Tamara BrownAssistant Professor of Speech Communication

  • Office VH110
  • Phone 580-327-8429
  • Fax 580-327-8185
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

Tamara Brown serves Northwestern as chair of the Communication Department and assistant professor of speech communication. She joined the faculty of Northwestern in August of 1998. Brown received her B.S. from Northwestern in May 1992 and her M.S. in speech pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in May 1994. She has completed the coursework for her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Oklahoma State University.

In addition to teaching speech communication courses, Brown serves Northwestern on various committees. Currently, she is chair of the Faculty Development Advisory Board (FDAB).

Brown has a distinguished teaching career at Northwestern. She was named John Sheffield Teacher of the Year for 2004-2005, and she received the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award for 2005-2006. In addition, she has been recognized twice for Diversity Awareness and Engagement in the classroom.

Brown holds a State of Oklahoma license to practice speech language pathology and a Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She has been a member of various associations including the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the National Communication Association, and the Professional Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.

Brown and her husband, Scott, live in Alva with their two children, Megan and Colton.

Matt Adair

Matt AdairInstructor of Mass Communication
Public Relations & Marketing Adviser

  • Office JD 234
  • Phone 580-327-8456
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

Matt Adair began his career as Instructor of Mass Communication at Northwestern in August 2013. He received his B.S. in Mass Communication and M.Ed. in Adult Education, Management and Administration from Northwestern. He is beginning work on his Ph.D. in a related field.

Within a short time at Northwestern, Adair was named the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year in 2014. In addition to teaching coursework in the areas of strategic communication and broadcast, Adair serves Northwestern on various committees.

Adair is also passionate about serving his community. He was recently appointed to the Alva Planning Commission, and he served as the Vice-Chair of the Leadership Northwest Oklahoma Board of Directors. He also volunteers his time to assist with the Rotary Club Fireworks Show in Alva.

Adair and his wife Kasey live in Alva with their three children, Kylie, Connor, and Keaton. In addition to spending time with his family, Adair is an avid sports fan and has been the public address announcer for Northwestern Ranger basketball for several years.

Dr. Kaylene Armstrong

Dr. Kaylene ArmstrongAssistant Professor of Mass Communication
Northwestern News & Adviser

  • Office: Jesse Dunn 232
  • Phone: (580) 327-8481
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kaylene Armstrong, who spent about 20 years as a professional journalist, teaches print journalism reporting, editing and design classes. She also teaches photography, multimedia journalism and communications law and ethics. 

She advises the the student newspaper, Northwestern News.

She earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation -- How Student Newspapers Reported Campus Unrest, 1962-1970, and 2015: Telling Their Own Stories -- will be published in 2017 by Lexington Books.

She also holds a masters in communication from Utah State University and a bachelor from Brigham Young University.

She has worked in the print journalism field at several newspapers, including The Idaho Falls Post Register, The (Provo) Daily Herald, the Box-Elder News, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record and The Salt Lake Tribune. 

She began her higher education teaching experience at Lorain County Community College in Ohio in 1997. She has also taught at Utah State University, Brigham Young University-Provo, Brigham Young University-Idaho, University of Southern Mississippi and Georgia College and State University.

She has a great love for the language and doesn't really mind the label "grammar nazi"!

She and her husband, Dr. Robert J. Armstrong, a retired chiropractor, moved to Alva in 2015. They have eight grown children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Kimberly Weast

Kimberly WeastChair, Fine Arts Department
Professor of Theatre
Managing/Technical Director of Herod Hall Auditorium

  • Office: Fine Arts Room 330
  • Telephone: 580-327-8462
  • Curriculum Vitae

Ms. Kimberly K. Weast is a Professor of Theatre and Managing/Technical Director of Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Weast earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Masters in Communication Arts in Theatrical Performance and Television Production from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatrical Directing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

Originally from Weatherford, Weast has over 25 years of experience as an instructor in theatre and communication-related courses. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, she was Chair of the Communication Arts Department at Hannibal LaGrange College in Hannibal, Missouri, and was head of the Mass Communication program at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.

The recipient of many honors, Weast has received acknowledgement for her service and dedication as a university professor, and for her exceptional ability as an artistic performer. Most recently she has been named Northwestern's recipient of the 2009 Oklahoma Higher Education Excellence in Teaching Award.

Weast is a member of Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Association), Gamma Delta Kappa (Honorary Scholastic Sorority) and Alpha Phi Sigma (National Scholastic Fraternity) and currently serves as the adviser of the Northwestern chapters of Alpha Psi Omega, and Castle Players.

Allison Zimmerman

Allison ZimmermanInstructor of Mass Communication

  • Office: Jesse Dunn 235
  • Phone: (580) 327-8465
  • 709 Oklahoma Blvd.
    Alva, OK 73717
  • Curriculum Vitae


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