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

March 30-April 15

WSC Senior Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery


April 11

Jerod Garthoff, trombone, and Stephanie Westerhaus, saxophone

Ley Theatre, 1:00 p.m.


April 11

Black and Gold Show Choir Festival

Performance and awards at 11:30 a.m.,

Ramsey Theatre


April 14

Mads Do Jazz

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 15

Voice Studio Recital

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 16

WSC Keyboard Ensemble

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 17

Aaron Von Seggern, voice, and Amanda Daubendiek, flute

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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