Dr. Christine Marley-Frederick

Professor of Communication

Contact Info

(606) 546-1415
201B Miller Hall
Campus PO Box
CPO 808

Bachelor of Science, 1984
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Master of Arts, 1986
Organizational Communication: Business
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

Doctorate of Philosophy, 1994,
Media Communication: Humor in Political Cartoons
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Areas of Expertise

Mass/Media Communication
Political Communication
Writing & Speaking & Storytelling
Communication History
Media Literacy
Video Production & Editing


I’ve been teaching college for 32 years, 23 @ Union College. I taught at Ball State as a graduate student and adjunct; I taught at Palm Beach Community College for three years in the late 80s. I taught at the University of Oklahoma while getting my Ph.D. in Political Communication. Teaching and learning are my passions. I think the best teachers are the ones who continue to challenge themselves to learn every day. And since I like to learn in a fun environment, I also believe Laughter should be a part of learning.

Courses I teach:

Public Speaking
Intro to Media Communication
Writing and Speaking for the Media I & II
Video Production I & II
Media Law

My dissertation (a big book I wrote for my Ph.D.) studies political cartoons. I’ve studied Play (vs. work), laughter, rumors, scapegoating, icons and the powers of persuasion (particularly when people are just playing). Much like the memes of today, the political cartoons of the early 1990s were about presidents, Congresspersons, wars, other world powers, Supreme Court decisions, elections… The power of the cartoon was to cut to the chase, to say what isn’t said in polite conversation, to laugh at the absurd or ironic, to scapegoat and sometimes to shake our heads at the truth of it all. These cartoons also had the frequent problem of lacking depth or nuance, even when the subject might call for much deeper analysis.