Dr. Tiffani Luethke

Assistant Professor

Office: LIBR MC 142   |    Phone: (308) 865-8412   |    Email: luethket@unk.edu

Dr. Tiffani Luethke

Background

I completed a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication right here at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I then attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) where I completed a master’s degree in Leadership Education and a doctorate in Human Sciences with specialization in Leadership Studies. Prior to returning to my home department as a member of the faculty, I taught leadership courses at UNL with focus on interpersonal skills and philosophies of leadership. My area of research focus includes investigating how factors of intersectionality, such as gender and cultural identity, impact individual experiences related to leadership. When I’m not on campus, I also enjoy teaching yoga and blogging about issues that leaders face both professionally and personally (available here: https://whole-leader.com/).

Philosophy
In the classroom, insights gained from my research inspire how I instruct my students to prepare for careers in a rapidly changing, global workforce. Undoubtedly, globalization has greatly impacted the need for highly adaptive leaders as the organizational structure continues to evolve. Practice through team work, communication, and power-sharing strategies help to empower and prepare students for these changes. Additionally, through the exploration of concepts such as diversity and interdependence, I challenge my students to think critically and to apply these concepts within real world situations. While there are many ways in which I work to reach these learning goals, among those most important is facilitation of a learning community which harbors trust, mutual respect, and open-mindedness at all times.

Classes
I currently teach Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Small Group Communication, and Advanced Organizational Communication.