Bill Kelvin

Professor, Communication Studies
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Phone: (239) 489-9476
Extension: 11476
Location: LEE U212D


Dr. Kelvin’s research interests focus primarily on advancing the cause of environmental sustainability. To participate in this movement, he explores environmental ideologies embedded in mass-media texts and attend to collectives’ communicative strategies for influencing environmental policy. Though he most prefers critical, qualitative approaches, Dr. Kelvin is comfortable with multiple methodologies. He has presented his research at various regional, national, and international conferences.

A background in competitive speaking helps Dr. Kelvin teach public speaking. An undergraduate on his university’s speech and debate team for three years, he also competed in the Three Minute Thesis competition three times as a doctoral student, being selected a finalist twice and once winning the People’s Choice Award.

As a journalist, Dr. Kelvin was a staff writer for the Chico Enterprise-Record, a daily newspaper in Chico, Calif. He first wrote in the Lifestyle section, then served as Weekend Reporter. As a freelancer, Dr. Kelvin wrote for The Buzz, Synthesis, Murder Dog Magazine, Indian Country Today and North Coast Journal. During this time Dr. Kelvin interviewed several celebrities, including Jason Mraz, Howie Mandel, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, and members of Boyz II Men.



Education (Degrees and Certifications)

  • Ph.D., Communication and Information,
  • M.A., Communication Studies,
  • B.A., Speech Communication,

Research (Publications, Presentations, and Other Projects)

  • Hmielowski, J. D., Kelvin, W. F., et al. (2020). Communication behaviors during presidential elections: An examination of Time, Events, and ... Public Opinion Quarterly, 84(4), 309-331.

Courses (Classes Taught Regularly)

  • SPC 1017
  • JOU 1100
  • SPC 2608

College and Community Service

Member of Academic Standards Committee, Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Co-advisor of The Compass, FSW’s student-run news outlet, Fall 2020-Spring 2022