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March 5, 2004
Vol. 28, No. 12

KU mourns Clarke Wescoe
Fall events schedule unites Band Day, Family Weekend
Campus food services to blend operations
Wescoe Terrace to see expansion
Spring enrollment records set
Expo experiments
Wheat State Whirlwind plans Kansas expedition
Professor took road less traveled to field of study
Pulitzer-winning journalist comes to KU for lecture

Flock to be feathered, new plumage revealed
Faculty art to be featured in exhibit
Employees of the month honored
Lawsuit appeal dismissed

Judge rules for KU in Watkins Trust case

Drill to highlight safety procedures

‘Really Rosie’ reading
Experts to pour into water conference
Delicate dance

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Professor took road less traveled to field of study

Joann Keyton, professor of communication studies, presents a lecture to one of her classes. Keyton, who formerly was a professional dancer and choreographer and an analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank, is the editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research. R. Steve Dick/University Relations

Keyton joins ranks of KU professional journal editors

Joann Keyton took the logical step after working as a professional dancer and choreograper and as an analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank. She became a professor of communication studies.

Keyton may have taken what seemed like a circuitous path to her current position at KU, but she says her former professions contributed to her desire to learn more about communication and to become a professor.

“Amazingly, everything I’ve done has centered on communication,” she said. “I took the long route—but a good one.”

Keyton grew up in Independence, Mo., and took journalism classes while in high school. After graduation, she worked in publishing companies and at several advertising agencies.

Later Keyton pursued a career as a professional dancer and choreographer and began studying at Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Mo. While in college, she took a job with the Federal Reserve Bank and eventually worked her way up the ladder to an administrative position.

Her experiences, she said, all have contributed to her current field of study.

“I specialize in group and organizational communication,” she said. “More specifically, I study the relationships among group and team members and how those relationships influence team effectiveness.
“I also study organizational culture—particularly the way in which an organization’s culture inhibits or facilitates sexual harassment.”
Keyton also is the editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, a professional journal published by the National Communication Association.

Keyton, who has been at KU since 2002, is in her second year as editor of the journal. She will continue through 2005. As editor, Keyton performs tasks that vary greatly.

“I do almost everything except print it,” she joked. “But seriously, I manage all aspects of the journal: I call for manuscripts, encourage submissions, select the editorial board and reviewers, manage the review process and make editorial decisions.”

Keyton is not alone at the helm of a professional journal at the university. KU boasts editors from a vast array of disciplines who produce journals from literature to the study of indigenous nations and from pharmaceutical sciences to dramatic theory and criticism.

The extra work is beneficial, Keyton said, expanding one’s knowledge immeasurably.

“Being an editor simply gives you another view of your discipline,” she said. “I’m a better researcher and teacher for it.”

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