About Brandon Wood

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Interpersonal Communication focusing on Emotional Communication  Competence and Millennial Emotional Aptitude
  • The Rhetoric of Violence
  • Psychoanalytic Rhetorical Criticism
  • Instructional Communication


Recent Courses Taught:

  • Speech 1100


Selected Publications, Presentations, Performances, Books:

  • Metts, S. & Wood, B.H. (2008). "Interpersonal emotional competence" in M. Motley (Ed.) Studies in Applied Communication. SAGE Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Wood, B.H. (2007). "A huddling of voices: Examining the experience of transferring from a two-year to a four-year forensics program from the students' vantage point," presented in Forensics and the Art of the Hand-Off: The Experience of Students Transferring From 2-Year to 4-Year Programs at the National Communication Association Conference 2007; Chicago, IL.
  • Wood, B.H. (2007). "Trapped in the Ironic Comedy: A Study of R. Kelly's 'Trapped in the Closet;'" presented in The Rhetoric of Violence: The Cult of the Kill in Contemporary Society at the Central States Communication Association Conference 2007; Minneapolis, MN.


  • M.A. Communication Studies, Illinois State University
  • B.A. Communication Studies and Psychology, Illinois State University
  • A.A. General Studies, College of DuPage

Awards and Recognitions:

  • The Phi Rho Pi Collie-Taylor Forensics Fellowship Award, 2014
  • Central Texas College Student Selected Educator of the Year, 2010
  • Illinois State University Outstanding University Graduate Student Teaching Award, 2007