Dr. Waters joined the communication department in 1993. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in advertising, public relations, and integrated marketing communication. She contributed to the development of the university's graduate-level Social Media Certificate course, first taught during the summer of 2010. Dr. Waters launched the department’s e-newsletter COMM Notes in Fall 2013 to build community among the department’s students, alumni, and faculty.
Her research interests include organizational socialization processes, performance evaluations, professional mentorship, and academic advising issues. Her work appears in the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships, NACE Journal, and the NACADA Journal.
Dr. Waters is the senior advisor to AD/PR Club, Drury’s student chapter of the American Advertising Federation, and Ad Team. She is a member of the National Communication Association, The American Advertising Federation and the Public Relations Society of America, and served as the president of the Southwest Missouri chapter of PRSA in 2005.
B.S., Public Relations, Southwest Missouri State University, 1988
M.A., Communication, Southwest Missouri State University, 1990
Ph.D., Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001
Drury University faculty member since 1993
Professor since 2012
Representative Research and Presentations:
Waters, R.K., and Gilstrap, C. (2012). Intern Performance Reviews: The Supervisor’s Perspective. NACE Journal (National Association of Colleges and Employers), 122(4), 27-31.
Waters, R.K., and Gilstrap, C. (2010). Examining the Role of Peer Messages in the Anticipatory Socialization Process of the Internship Experience. Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships , 44 (1), 6-12.
Waters, R. and Hamer, A. (2012). “Mentoring the Next Generation of PR Pros: Internships, PRSA Membership and Career Success.” Presentation at the 2012 Public Relations Society of America Midwestern Conference in Chicago.
Waters, R. (Oct. 2011). “Using Guerilla Marketing to Connect with Your Audience.” Presentation at the Association for Women in Communications National Conference in Tulsa, Okla.
Waters, R. (Oct. 2011). “Social Media 101: Spark a Connection With Your Customers.” Minorities in Business – Commercial Street Seminar, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Springfield, Mo.