Aimee Sapp

Vice President & Dean of Academic Affairs


Summary of Expertise:

Areas of Expertise:

  • Human Communication
  • Mass Communication (print and broadcast media)
  • Educational Communication
  • Research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Journalistic Writing
  • Freshmen Transition


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Missouri, 2001
  • M.A., Communication, University of Northern Colorado, 1994
  • B.S., Sociology, William Woods University, 1992

Professional Achievements:

  • William Woods University faculty, 1998 to present
  • Freshman Advantage director, William Woods University


  • National Communication Association
  • National Association of Summer Session Administrators
  • Communication Assessment Caucus
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • American Society for Training and Development

Honors and/or awards:

  • 2003 ‐ 2004 recipient of the William Woods University Lewis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award. Awarded to a faculty member annually for exceptional teaching. Selected by a student panel.
  • Selected for a competitive, juried panel, Aimee D. Sapp, Computer-Mediated Communication for Reticent Students: Viable Alternative or False Hope? Presented at the 2003 Speech Communication Association annual meeting, Miami, Florida, November 20, 2003.
  • Awarded “Top Paper” in the interactive media session, for Aimee D. Sapp and Michael Porter, Television as Ritual: The Community Hearth of the College Campus, Presented at the 1996 Speech Communication Association annual meeting, San Diego, California, Nov 24, 1996.
  • 1995 ‐ 1996 recipient of the University of Missouri ‐ Columbia Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award. Awarded to graduate students each year for outstanding teaching. A campus-wide competition based on student evaluations and supervisor evaluations.
  • Awarded “Top Paper” on communication apprehension and avoidance, for James A. Keaten, Lynne Kelly, Cynthia Begnal, Deborah Heller, and Aimee D. Walker, Development of an Instrument to Measure Reticence, presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Miami, Florida, November 19, 1993.


  • “The Impact of Innovative Technology on Students’ Communication Behavior and Perceptions of Teacher Immediacy”