Amy Ebesu Hubbard

Amy Hubbard (Professor & Chair) is interested in the study of nonverbal communication, conflict, deception, and relational messages. Currently, Dr. Hubbard is examining the role of expectations and the use of empathy during discussions of disagreements. She is also investigating how perspective-taking is behaviorally manifested during conflicts in dating relationships. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including public speaking, nonverbal communication, and interpersonal relations. At the graduate level, she teaches courses in communication theories, business communication, deception, conflict, and relational communication. Dr. Hubbard also provides seminars and workshops to the community on designing public presentations, creating effective PowerPoint slides, understanding messages beyond the words (nonverbal communication), and building stronger personal relationships.

Dr. Hubbard serves as Chair of the department.



Ph.D. in Communication (University of Arizona, 1996)
M.A. in Speech (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1991)
B.B.A. in Marketing (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1989)


Representative Publications

Ebesu Hubbard, A. S., Hendrickson, B., Fehrenbach, K. S., & Sur, J. (2013). Effects of timing and sincerity of an apology on satisfaction, understanding, and changes in negative feelings during conflicts. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 305─322.

Ebesu Hubbard, A. S. (2009). Perspective taking, adaptation, and coordination. In W. F. Eadie (Ed.), 21st century communication (pp. 119─127). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ebesu Hubbard, A. S., & Burgoon, J. K. (2009). Nonverbal communication. In M. B. Salwen & D. W. Stacks (Eds.), An integrated approach to communication theory and research (2nd ed., pp. 336─347). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Ebesu Hubbard, A. S. (2001). Conflict between relationally uncertain romantic partners: The influence of relational responsiveness and empathy. Communication Monographs, 68, 400─414.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

    • COMG 170: Introduction to Nonverbal Communication
    • COMG 251: Principles of Effective Public Speaking
    • COMG 290: Interviewing
    • COMG 301: Introduction to Communicological Theories
    • COMG 302: Research Methods
    • COMG 352: Group Decision-Making & Leadership
    • COMG 381: Interpersonal Relations
    • COMG 399: Internship
    • COMG 455: Conflict Management
    • COMG 470: Nonverbal Communication
    • COMG 472: Deceptive Communication
    • COMG 499: Directed Reading

Graduate Courses

    • COMG 601: Theories in Communicology
    • COMG 660: Business Communication
    • COMG 699: Directed Research
      (Quentin Burdick Rural Health Interdisciplinary Program)
    • COMG 770: Issues in Message Processing
      (Special Topics: Deception, Nonverbal Communication)
    • COMG 781: Seminar in Relational Communication
      (Special Topics: Conflict, Darker Side of Relationships, Deception)
    • ACC 690: Current Topics in Accounting
    • PUBA 699: Education Leadership Program



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Phone: 808.956.3321
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