Anne Kerber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Communication & Media Online Program Coordinator

Address: Normandale Partnership Center - P0827
Phone: 507-389-1407


  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University
  • M.A. in Speech Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • B.S. in Mass Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kerber is proud to teach at her alma mater, having earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned her doctorate from Ohio University, and has held faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Winona State University. Kerber’s research focuses on the intersections of health and organizational communication. Specifically, she explores discourses of health and human performance, the intermingling of chronic illness and professional identities, and the process of organizational exit. Her work has appeared in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Women & Language, Communication Teacher, The National Forensic Journal, and Speaker & Gavel. Prior to becoming a professor, Kerber worked as an internal communication specialist at Target Corporation, and a public relations professional at Weber Shandwick.

Recent Publications:
Kerber, A. (in press). Using “The Phone at the End of the World” to analyze diverse arguments on globalization. Communication Teacher. Advance Online Publication. Doi: 10.1080/17404622.2019.1614205

Kerber, A. (2019). “You don’t have to be Superwoman!” Navigating professional and chronic illness identities in the family business. In S. Leblanc (Ed.) Casing the family: Theoretical and applied approaches to understanding family communication (pp. 313-324). Kendall Hunt: Dubuque, IA.

Kerber, A., & Wilson, M.L. (2019). (In)Voluntary departure? Organizational exit amid change, conflict, and resistance. In R. Bisel & M. Kramer (Eds.) Case Studies in Organizational Communication: A Lifestyle Approach. (pp. 158-163). Oxford University Press.

Kerber, A., & Murphy, M. (2018). “He’s a battler. He’s not a quitter.” The narrative framing of Jerry Kill’s health-related organizational exit. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 46, 703-722.

Kerber, A. (2017). Fueling the competition: Exploring individual events competitors’ nutritional choices. Speaker & Gavel, 54, 7-23.

Gerbensky-Kerber, A. (2017). Creating a structured practice space with online mini-speeches. Communication Teacher, 31, 70-73.

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