Currently, Dr. Paula Baldwin is an Associate Professor serving as Division Chair for Humanities, composed of Communication Studies, English Studies, Modern Languages, and Philosophy and Religion, at Western Oregon University. She is an established qualitative Communication scholar examining the narratives around the end of life. Paula is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the recipient of several WOU Faculty All-Star Awards. While in her doctoral program, Paula was selected as a national finalist for the National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship. Paula was chosen to be a Health Communication Doctoral Fellow by the Kaiser Permanente Cancer Communication Research Center and National Cancer Institute. In her PhD program, she was recognized as George Mason University’s Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, and awarded the Dean’s Challenge Doctoral Student Award, for her work in Communication research. Paula’s publications can be found in a wide variety of journals: communication, medical, adult development, and health and social work. Her most recent presentation was Death, Dying, and Loss in the time of COVID, presented at the International Communication Annual Conference, May 2021.
As a Communication scholar, she teaches courses ranging from interpersonal, health communication, and the dark side of Communication. One of her personal favourites is her course on Nonverbal Communication, which led her to Dr. Paul Ekman, and the Ekman International Group. Paula is a licensed Ekman Associate Training, specializing in emotional intelligence and deception detection. She regularly teaches undergraduates and graduate students coursework on Nonverbal Deception Detection based on Ekman’s coursework.