Dr. Randa (Lumsden) Garden
Speech Communication


Dr. Randa (Lumsden) Garden (Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Wayne State College.  Dr. Garden teaches courses in Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Qualitative Research Design, Communication and Ethics, Organizational Presentations, and Speech Communication.  Dr. Garden, along with students in her Organizational Communication classes, participates in a Service Learning research project each spring  examining “Emotions in Organizations.”


Dr. Garden received her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2009. Her dissertation is entitled, “Learning about serious illnesses: Implications for instructional communication.”  Her primary research interest examines issues related to health care provider-patient communication.  She has also explored the communication challenges of family caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s disease.  She presented her research paper, “The effective use of popular medical dramas to analyze communication ethics in the doctor-patient relationship” at the Western States Communication Association Conference in Palm Springs, CA.  She has also presented her work at the annual National Communication Association Conferences. In addition to teaching and writing, she enjoys spending leisure time with her husband Jim, and two daughters, Jamy and Nikki.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 25-March 26

Teresa T. Schmidt, Drawing/Painting:

"The Line Defines"

Opening Reception

Feb. 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Nordstrand Gallery

Artist's Talk

Gardner Auditorium,

3:45-4:15 p.m.


March 3

WSC Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


March 4

Christie Beard, flute, and

Christi Zuniga, piano

Masterclass: Peterson Fine Arts Room 10,

2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Guest Recital: Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


March 5

Plains Writers Series,

Humanities Lounge, TBA

Poetry Slam, Max Bar & Grill, 7:00 p.m.


March 9

Mid-States Band Clinic

Ramsey Theatre, 7 p.m.


March 10

WSC Middle School

Music Festival

Peterson Fine Arts,

All Day

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