Dr. Penni Pier
Dr. Penni Pier

The Grant L. Price Endowed Department Chair

Established in 2006 to honor the extraordinary generosity of Grant L. Price

Dr. Penni Pier teaches a variety of communication courses and coordinates the Oral Communication Across the Curriculum component of the Essential Education Plan. She serves on the Mid American Forensics League Executive Board, is past president of the Iowa Intercollegiate Forensics Association, and serves on the Publications Board for the American Forensics Association.

Pier is a member of the National Communication Association and International Communication Association. She is the co-author of three books, Campaign '96, The Primary Decision: A Functional Analysis of Debates in Presidential Primaries, and Campaign 2000. She also has published in Political Communication, Communication Quarterly, and Quarterly Journal of Speech as well as regularly presenting at the National Communication Association and the Iowa Communication Association.

Pier joined the Wartburg faculty in 2000. She holds a B.A. degree in communication from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, an M.A. degree in communication from Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Grant L. Price taught at Wartburg College from 1990 to 1996, following a distinguished career in broadcasting that included pioneering work in television. He led development of Wartburg's first television studio, the electronic media major, and the renovation of the former fine arts building into the McElroy Communication Arts Center. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting in Wartburg's Vogel Library. He also created two endowed scholarships in communication arts.