New Communication Studies faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Sills. Photo credit: Kyla Schuster.
The fall brings many new faces to campus. One of the new faces is faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Sills. She is a Communication Studies professor housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sills is originally from Kokomo, Indiana, which is also the home of Norman Bridwell, the author of Clifford the Big Red Dog.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, her master’s degree from University of Montana in Missoula, MT, and her doctorate from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Her emphasis within communication studies is comedy and humor. Currently, Dr. Sills is working on two academic pieces. The first piece explores whether things are funny if you’ve been removed from the group, and she measures it against values such as justice and fairness.
The second piece is titled “Phenomenology of the Funny” and examines the experience of experiencing something funny. For example, when you see a comedian and laugh what does the experience do to you?
She is excited to be at Northern. When she visited campus it just “felt right…like a home,” and that feeling was one of the reasons she chose Northern. Dr. Sills felt she had the opportunity to “build meaningful relationships,” and she “didn’t want to be just a number.” At Northern she gets “to be a person both on campus and in the community.”
At the moment, Dr. Sills is eager to explore different opportunities to get involved. She intends to get involved with the Forensics team and join the American Association of University Women.
Her future plans include marrying Matthew Perreault, Northern’s new Jump Start Advisor, on January 1, and honeymooning in Disney World next summer.
She emphasizes that Communication Studies is one of the most important fields to study because it is a crucial part of everyday life. “I look forward to seeing everyone in at least one communication studies class,” she says and welcomes students to stop by her office in TC 264 to say hello.