Texas Tech University

Kelsey Moore

Professional Communication

Email: kelsey.moore@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.2591

Office: 610

 By appointment

Kelsey Moore


Dr. Kelsey Moore is a Texas native, and was raised in Weatherford, TX. While completing her master's degree at Texas Christian University, Dr. Moore wanted to continue to improve her teaching effectiveness, so she left the state (and good Mexican food) to complete her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Kentucky. Since the start of her career, she has taught or developed over 15 communication courses including online, hybrid, service-learning, and graduate courses. Further, she has served as a director of speaker development for students and faculty, an assessment consultant for student programs, and an instructional designer/faculty instructional consultant for the University of Kentucky's Provost's Office of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation. Now that she has returned home to Texas, she will serve as an instructor in the Professional Communication department at Texas Tech. In her spare time, Dr. Moore enjoys old bookstores, hiking and traveling, baking, and playing with her adopted senior cat, Edna.


Dr. Moore's research focuses on using communication principles from instructional communication and persuasion to address real world issues in the context of the college classroom, training, and public health. For instance, she has developed a scale to measure effective communication that ensures training and interventions are reaching desired outcomes. She is passionate about interdisciplinary research partnerships, using research-based principles to inform assessment, and using evidence to ensure teaching effectiveness. Her research has been presented at numerous local, state, national, and international communication conferences and can be found in journals such as Communication Studies, Communication Methods and Measures, and the Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication Journal.


  • Applied, quantitative, and mixed methods
  • Surveys and experiments
  • Focus groups
  • Scale development
  • Structural equation modeling (SEM)
  • Machine learning

Research Areas

  • Instructional communication
  • Training
  • Andragogy & adult learners
  • Persuasion & behavior change
  • Public health interventions
  • Assessment

Selected Publications

  • Moore, K., & Richards, A. S. (2019). Message framing, instructor credibility, and grade reward or punishment: The effects on student motivation to learn and intention to comply, Communication Studies.

  • Moore, K., & Shemberger, M. (2019). Mass communication andragogy for teaching online adult learners, Teaching Journalism and Mass Communications Journal. 

  • Pilny, A., McAninch, K. Slone, A., & Moore, K. (2019). Towards the development of a hybrid automated content analysis methodology, Communication Methods and Measures.

  • Moore, K. (2018). The limits of pedagogy. Greater Faculties: A Review of Teaching and Learning.

Teaching Focus

  • Business Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public speaking
  • Communication & Composition
  • Communication theory
  • Dark Side of Communication
  • Debate & Improv

Leadership & Awards

  • Top Paper, Instructional Development Division, 2018 National Communication Association
  • Top 5 Paper, Instructional Development Division, 2018 National Communication Association
  • Nominated for the 2012 Texas All-State Academic Team
  • Inducted into 2012 Phi Theta Kappa District II Hall of Honor