Pam Wicks, EdD

Assistant Professor of Communication

Office Location: Dunham Hall 216
Telephone: 630-844-4896
Email Address:

One of the many reasons I enjoy teaching at Aurora University is because I graduated from AU's Communication program as an adult student. My experiences as an undergraduate have provided me with a unique perspective on learning, which I translate into my lessons and course objectives. I tell my students that I have been where they are and I want to do whatever I can to help them succeed. When they leave AU, I want them to leave with a mind that is open to possibilities and the knowledge that they are prepared to accept change, for change always brings wisdom.

EdD Instructional Technology, Northern Illinois University
MA Communication, Northern Illinois University
BA Communication, Aurora University

Areas of Specialization
Digital Design
Instructional Design
Virtual Environments

Courses Taught - Traditional
Culture, Diversity and Expression
Corporate and Professional Communication
Digital Design for Print and Web
Interactive Media
Intercultural Communication
Intro to American Film
Intro to Visual Communication
Media and Society
Media Criticism
Media Writing
Research Methods
Senior Seminar

Courses Taught - Online
Intro to American Film
Intro to Visual Communication
Media and Society
Professional Ethics

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Wicks, P. (2013). Contributor. In R. Richey (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology. New York: Springer

Wicks, P. (2011). Surfing for knowledge: Virtual libraries and books on the web. Community & Junior College, 17 (2), 75-86.
Wicks, P. (2010).Visual environments: Using virtual worlds to motivate 21st Century students. In M. Avgerinou, R. Griffin, & P. Search (Eds.).Critically engaging the digital learner in visual worlds and virtual environments: Selected readings from the annual conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (pp. 227-234). Loretto, PA: IVLA.

Presentation: The Batman Trilogy; Christopher Nolan and the tropes of Noir. Presented at the annual conference of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association conference, Washington D.C., March 2013.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honor Society
Faculty Affairs Committee

Other Interests
Reading, knitting, and, of course, watching movies.