Christina Reynolds

Chris Reynolds



Towers Hall, room 333

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Academic Affairs Division

Christina L. Reynolds has been a member of the Otterbein Faculty since September 1990.   She began her career at Otterbein University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and served as a Department Chairperson multiple times in the last three decades. Reynolds was recognized by the University as a Master Teacher in 2000.

Reynolds has taught courses in Communication Theory, Rhetoric, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Persuasion during her Otterbein career.  She has also taught courses in the Integrative Studies program and in the University’s Senior Year Experience program since its inception as an experimental course requirement in the early 1990s.   Reynolds’ research has focused on non-oratorical forms of public communication and in the scholarship of teaching.

Dr. Reynolds’ service to Otterbein includes chairing the first iteration of the University’s Assessment committee, the Senior Year Experience (and Advisory) committee, the Social Sciences Division, Immersive Term task force, Adult Learners task force, and the Academic Affairs Reorganization Committee. She has served as member of the University Personnel and Budget committees for multiple terms. Reynolds’ professional activities include serving as Executive Secretary and President of the National Forensics Association, District Chair of the American Forensics Association, and Legislative Assembly member and Divisional Chair of the National Communication Association. Reynolds also serves as an executive board member of the Central Ohio Swimming Association.  She has done numerous workshops and presentations for organizations and corporations on understanding and optimizing the Multi-generational workplace in the 21st century and has served as consultant to Communication departments of other colleges and universities.

Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University.  She completed her Master of Arts in Communication at the University of New Mexico and her Doctorate in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism at the University of Minnesota.  Before coming to Otterbein, she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


  • University of Minnesota, PhD, 1986
  • University of New Mexico, MA, 1981
  • Ohio University, BSC, 1979

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Persuasion
  • Communication Theory
  • Advanced Public Speaking
  • Communication and Society
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Forensics Pedagogy
  • Rhetorical Analysis of Mediated Communication
  • Political Oratory


  • Dr. Reynolds has published research inThe National Forensics Journal,The Forensic,Communication Studies,Southern Communication Journal,ERIC Resources in Communication,Championship Debate and Speeches, and Rhetorical Perspectives on Communication and Mass Media.