Communication Department

School of Arts & Sciences

Communication Department Faculty

Tamara Brown, Chair

Tamara BrownCommunication Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication 

  • Office: VH110  
  • Phone: 580-327-8429 
  • Fax: 580-327-8185


  • Postgraduate Work, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., May 1993, University of Oklahoma
  • B.S., May 1991, Northwestern Oklahoma State University 


  • Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
  • Oklahoma State License to Practice Speech Language Pathology from the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Brown joined the faculty of Northwestern in August of 1998.


  • SCOM 1113 Introduction to Speech Communication
  • SCOM 1014 American Sign Language
  • SCOM 2763 Voice and Phonetics
  • SCOM 3113 Advanced Speech Communication
  • SCOM 3133 Interpersonal Communication
  • SCOM 3213 Business and Professional Communication
  • SCOM 3613 Small Group Communication
  • SCOM 4023 Nonverbal Communication


  • John Barton Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service, 2005-2006
  • John Sheffield Teacher of the Year, 2004-2005
  • Named Chair of Communication Department, July 2005
  • Hired as Instructor of Speech at NWOSU, August 1998


  • Husband, Scott, who is also an NWOSU graduate
  • Children, Megan and Colton

Dr. Kaylene Armstrong

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


  • Ph.D. in journalism history, December 2015, University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.S. in communication, December 1997, Utah State University
  • B.A. in communication, April 1976, Brigham Young University 


  • MCOM 2113 News Reporting
  • MCOM 3103 News Editing
  • MCOM 3203 Media Photography
  • MCOM 3222 Feature Writing (Advanced Reporting)
  • MCOM 3363 Multimedia Journalism
  • MCOM 3541 Print and Online Practicum
  • MCOM 4103 Publication Design and Production
  • MCOM 4213 Mass Communication Law & Ethics


  • Spent 20 years as a reporter and editor at four daily newspapers.
  • First female city editor at The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah.
  • Adviser to four student newspapers.
  • Author of How Student Journalists Report Campus Unrest, published in January 2018 (Lexington Books).
  • Member of American Journalism Historians Association and College Media Association.


  • Media history
  • Grammar nerd!


  • Married to retired chiropractor Robert J. Armstrong, the other Dr. Armstrong
  • Five daughters, 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter


Dr. Adriana Jacob Carneiro

Dr. Adriana Jacob CarneiroAssistant Professor of Mass Communication
Adviser for Ranger  Communication


  • Doctorate in culture and society, August 2019, Federal University of Bahia
  • Visiting Scholar in political science, 2017, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S. in culture and society, May 2001, Federal University of Bahia
  • B.A. in communication, September 2001, Federal University of Bahia


  • MCOM 3053 Principles of Advertising & Marketing
  • MCOM 3463 Introduction to Strategic Communication
  • MCOM 3521 Strategic Communication Practicum
  • MCOM 3833 Strategic Communication Writing
  • MCOM 4123 Advanced Strategic Communication
  • SCOM 1113 Introduction to Speech Communication


  • Recipient of the Institutional Sandwich Doctoral Program from the Capes Foundation (Department of Education of Brazil) in 2017 at Oklahoma State University.
  • Communication Manager of the Secretariat of Culture of the State of Bahia - Brazil (2013-2016).
  • Communications Director of the public relations agency Frente & Verso Comunicação Integrada (2006-2017).
  • Special reporter of Correio da Bahia Newspaper (2002-2006).
  • Award winner, CONFEA 70 Years of Press Journalism Award. Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy of Brazil (2004).
  • Best reporting award, Associação Bahiana de Imprensa (Press Association of Bahia). January 2005, August 2004, March 2003, September 2003, August 2002.


  • “Gender Tensions: The humorous character of Dilma Bolada” (with Farida Jalalzai). 2022. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 17:3, 263-289.
  • “Violence against Women in Politics.” 2018. Website of the Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States.
  • Busca Vida – Um Mar de Histórias (Busca Vida: A Sea of stories). 2015. Salvador: Barro de Chão, 2015. 300 p. Non-fiction book about Busca Vida Beach, from its first inhabitants, the native indigenous people, to the present day.
  • “As mulheres do 8 de março” (The Women of the March 8th). 2014. In: Miradas: Gênero, Cultura e Mídia. Edited by Linda Rubim. Salvador: Edufba. 23-42.
  • “Origens do Dia Internacional da Mulher” (Origins of the International Women’s Day). Jornal Folha de S. Paulo. 3/8/2011.


  • Media, culture, women, and politics
  • Travel around the world


  • Married to Juan and mother of Julia
  • Family members in Brazil, Spain, France, and Colombia

Dr. Jesse Schroeder

Dr. Jesse SchroederAssistant Professor of Communication


  • Ph.D. in Education Technology Management, 2011, Northcentral University
  • M.A. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction, 2007, University of Phoenix
  • B.S. in Mass Communication, 2003, Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Course typically Taught

  • MCOM 2123- Introduction to Mass Communication
  • MCOM 3113- Introduction to Audio and Video Production
  • MCOM 3313- Broadcast News
  • MCOM 3343- Sports Reporting
  • MCOM 3803- Broadcast Writing and Announcing
  • MCOM 3901- Broadcast Practicum
  • MCOM 4413- Advanced Audio and Video Production

Career Highlights

  • Awarded Texas Associated Press Broadcasters award for top morning newscast in 2014 and 2015
  • Awarded Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters award for top morning newscast in 2014
  • Achieved full 10-year accreditation status while serving as the accreditation liaison officer for NWOSU from 2009-2014
  • OSTCA Outstanding Young College Teacher of the Year in 2010

Special Interests

  • Social media and its impact on media and society
  • Grilling and cooking
  • Traveling, primarily to tropical destinations

Family Information

  • Married to Amanda Schroeder, who is also an NWOSU graduate
  • Three children, Brayden, Parker, and Mia



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