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

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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