Professor of Communication Studies
Personal Faculty Site
Office Phone: (406)243-2580
FAX Number: (406)243-6136
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1985
M.A., University of Montana, 1980
A.B., Hope College, 1974
Current Course Offerings:
COMM 240 Small
COMM 423 Practical Issues in Organizational Communication
COMM 540 Seminar in Instructional Communication
COMM 561 Qualitative Research Methods
Communication: Theory and Practice
Betsy Wackernagel Bach is pleased to be back in the department after spending four years as Assistant Provost and two as Interim Dean of the Davidson Honors College.
She specializes in organizational communication with an emphasis in the mentoring and socialization of organizational newcomers and has published on these topics in journals such as Health Communication, Communication Monographs, the Western Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research (among others). She is co-author of Communication in Complex Organizations, and has been an associate editor for Communication Monographs, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, the Western Journal of Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and The American Communication Journal. Known for her teaching, Dr. Bach received The University of Montana's Distinguished Teacher Award in 1991 and the Master Teacher Award from the Western States Communication Association in 1992. Dr. Bach also received Montana's Academic Administrator Award in 1996, served as President of the Western States Communication Association in 1996-97, and currently serves President of the National Communication Association for 2009.
Dr. Bach has provided organizational training and consultation for health care as well as for corporate and nonprofit organizations. Prior to her academic employment, Betsy worked as a police officer in Holland, Michigan, where she served as Community Service Officer and Domestic Dispute Liaison. Although she considers herself a fourth-generation Montanan (her great-grandfather Robert Vaughn settled Sun River), Dr. Bach was born and raised in Maywood, New Jersey. She has a son, Ben, who is at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In her spare time she serves on the Board of Directors for the Missoula Art Museum and has partial ownership of a winery, Rock Creek Wines.