Dr. Randy K. Dillon


Communicaton Media Journalsm and Film

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Communicaton Media Journalsm and Film
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • Ph D, 1994, University of Florida
  • MS, 1985, University of Louisiana
  • BA, 1984, College of the Ozarks


  • COM 210 Communication Research Methods
  • COM 360 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 390 Communication and Aging
  • COM 397 Topics in Communication
  • COM 495 Communication Internship
  • COM 496 Readings in Communication and Persuasion
  • COM 512 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
  • COM 701 Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • COM 702 Theory and Research in Communication
  • COM 795 Communication Internships
  • COM 796 Independent Study
  • UHC 110 Freshmen Honors Seminar

Research and professional interests

Dr. Randy Dillon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses such as intercultural communication, communication theory, communication and diversity in the workplace, semiotics, communication methods, interpersonal communication, popular culture and communication internships. He has also taught honor sections of the introduction to university life course. Dr. Dillon taught in Japan and South Korea, and has taught in the Missouri-London program for both a semester and summer term for Missouri State University. He has earned two university teaching awards. Dr. Dillon has also been named the “Faculty Adviser of the Year” at Missouri State University.  He then went on earn a national faculty adviser of the year award by the National Association of Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 

Since coming to the university in 1994, Dr. Dillon has researched intercultural communication and listening, public dialogue, communication pedagogy and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Currently, his research focuses on internships, and the roles culture, social class and economics influence communication in relationships. 

Dr. Dillon has held administrative positions including director of graduate studies, assistant department head and is currently the internship coordinator for the department. 

Dr. Dillon is a member of the International Listening Association, National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association as well as the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri (STAM).  For STAM, he has served as an editor of the STAM Journal and the STAM Executive Board including vice-president and president.    

Awards and honors

  • Council of International Education Exchange Program in South Africa. (June 2008).
  • University College grant, Congress of the Americas. (August 2006).
  • Faculty Leader for NCA Doctoral Honors Conference, National Communication Association.
  • Missouri State University Teaching Award, Missouri State University. (2006).
  • Missouri-London Program, Missouri State University. (2005).
  • Sabbatical Research Leave, Missouri State University. (2005).
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member in the School of Communication Studies, Missouri State University. (2004).
  • Graduate College Excellence in MSAS Online Instruction Award, SMSU. (2003).
  • Outstanding National Advisor of the Year, National Conference on Academic Advising. (October 7, 2000).