Darlene K. Drummond

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Speech, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

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As an intercultural communication scholar, my research focuses on how individuals from different cultural backgrounds communicate identities that (1) maintain or threaten relationships or (2) influence decision making about health issues. I study aspects of communication that cannot be quantified such as the meanings of personal experiences, and employ a variety of qualitative methods.


Room 229, 37 Dewey Field Road
HB 6250


  • B.A. Denison University
  • M.A. Eastern New Mexico University
  • PhD Ohio State University

Selected Publications


       Drummond, D. K. (2019). Shifting Blame: C. Everett Koop's AIDS rhetoric of guilt and redemption. K B Journal: The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society, 14(1). Online First at https://kbjournal.org/drummond

    (Received Top Paper Award from the Kenneth Burke Interest Group at the annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Montgomery, AL., April, 2019).


  •      Drummond, D. K. (2018). The Decision: A Creative Autoethnographic Account with Poetry. Health Communication, 33(4), 507-509.

  •      Drummond, D. K. (2017). If My Cholesterol Is...Then I Foresee...:Patient Accounts of Uncertainty. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare, 1, 121-127.

  •      Drummond, D. K. (2016). Mama's boy: One type of identity negotiated in mother-son relationships. The Florida Communication Journal, 44(1), 25-32.

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Speaking Engagements

  • “What key principles should one keep in mind when giving medical advice to Hispanics?" Global Health Fellows Program Workshop, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, October 25, 2016.

  • "Intercultural communication competence," Spring 2016 Faculty Workshops, Institute for Writing & Rhetoric, DCAL, May 19, 2016.

Works In Progress

  • (2019, July). C. Everett Koop and the Indian Health Service: Liberty through self-determination and republicanism. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the World Communication Association, Wellington, New Zealand. (Received Park Award for Excellence in Research). 

  • (2019, November). The Duty to treat: C. Everett Koop's rhetorical construction of moral excellence before graduates of Harvard Medical School. Paper accepted by the Kenneth Burke Society for presentation on the Top Papers Panel at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Baltimore, MD.