enriching relationships between educators and students
Dedicated to enriching relationships between educators and their students

Tony Docan-Morgan


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I have had the privilege of
teaching at the college level for the last 12 years. I have taught or currently teach courses titled Communicating Effectively, Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Public Speaking Center Practicum, Introduction to Communication Studies, Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Lying and Deception in Human Interaction, and Theories of Communication. I believe that the closeness and trust I develop with many of my students—alongside a passion for the topics we discuss—prompts them to invest in the course topics and invest in me as long-term resource and mentor.

My research interests include interpersonal communication, instructional communication, and public speaking pedagogy. I am particularly interested in how one-time communicative events change human relationships (i.e., in college teacher-student relationships, romantic relationships). I also created and direct UW-L's Public Speaking Center and serve on the Institutional Review Board, Website Advisory Committee, Committee for Academic Policies and Standards, and Faculty Senate. 

Please contact me if you would like to collaborate or have any comments or questions.   

Contact Information Education     

Tony Docan-Morgan, Ph.D.                                              A.A., Los Angeles Valley College
Communication Studies                                                  B.A., California State University, Northridge
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse M.A., University of New Mexico
4231 Centennial Hall                                                   Ph.D., University of Washington
La Crosse, WI 54601
Office: (608) 785-6722


2013: Most Outstanding Professor, UW-L's Residence Hall Association Council
2010: Faculty Recognition of Excellence Award for Research, College of Liberal Studies


Interpersonal & Instructional Communication
  • Docan-Morgan, T., Huisman, D., Docan-Morgan, S. (2014). A “dynamic knot” of students: A classroom activity for teaching relational dialectics. Carolinas Communication Annual.
Public Speaking Pedagogy
  • Docan, T. (2004). A tale of two ideologies: Winona LaDuke’s Vice Presidential nomination acceptance speech. In S. Foss (Ed.), Rhetorical criticism: Exploration and practice (3rd ed.) (pp. 280-293). Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.