Jill Rhea, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty

Jill Rhea, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Graceland University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Public Address with a minor in Management from University of North Texas and attended summer session at London School of Economics in International Marketing and Management through the University of Southern Mississippi. She went on to complete a Master of Arts in Interpersonal Communication and a PhD in Organizational Communication (Quantitative Research Methods) from Ohio University.


Prior to coming to Graceland, Dr. Rhea served in several capacities at Buena Vista University in Iowa as dean of online, site and graduate programs; professor of communication studies: associate professor of communication studies; and director of service-learning from 2001-2013. She has also taught at Oklahoma State University, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. Serving as chair of the Faculty Senate at BVU, Dr. Rhea was an active member of the President’s Council and the Dean’s Council and was involved in the meetings of the Board of Trustees.


Dr. Rhea’s areas of specialization include: organizational communication, conflict management, intercultural communication, health communication, gender and communication, interpersonal communication, quantitative research methods, business communication, forgiveness communication, and managing workplace diversity.


Dr. Rhea has earned many honors and awards, been involved in numerous professional organizations and activities, published many writings for multiple publications, given scores of presentations, and holds several additional certifications.

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Higdon Administration Building

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