Dr. Kara Gould

Dr. Kara Gould

Associate Professor of Communication

Ph.D., University of Utah

M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School

B.A., Wheaton College


Kara Jolliff Gould came to JBU in 2009 from Pepperdine University in California, where she taught and advised KWVS-FM, Pepperdine’s student radio station. She received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah, where she studied media and human communication theory and practice, with secondary studies in education and film. She served as Assistant General Manager for KUTE radio at the University of Utah, and spent three years on the editorial staff of Communication Theory, a journal of the International Communication Association. She has worked professionally in radio/TV broadcasting, print and broadcast journalism, public relations and corporate/industrial video in Salt Lake City and Chicago.

Dr. Gould's communication studies began with high school speech and theater and continued at Wheaton College (IL), where she earned her combined BA and MA degrees in Communication through an accelerated program. Prior to completing her doctorate, Dr. Gould also taught at Weber State University, the University of Utah, and North Central College in Naperville, IL. 

In addition to her dissertation, Organizing Creativity: A Qualitative Study of Collaboration and Creativity on a Film Production Crew, Dr. Gould's scholarly publications include articles and reviews published in Essays on Integrating Liberal and Professional Studies (a collection of works on higher education pedagogy), The Southern Communication Journal, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and The Journal of Media Education.

Dr. Gould's professional honors include Kappa Tau Alpha (National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication), the Clarence S. Dissinger Award for Development of Teaching from North Central College, and faculty grants from North Central College, Pepperdine University, and JBU. She has been competitively selected for fellowships and workshops at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Annenberg Program in Washington D.C., the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, and most recently, the International Radio and Television Society in Burbank, CA (2008) and New York City (2011).

Dr. Gould's research interests include social media, media and culture, media education, persuasion, and creative collaboration. She loves teaching students how to use media to engage our culture. She sees mediated communication skills as essential for students in every field, and is particularly concerned with the "digital divide" and its consequences for those who do not have access to information technologies.

Dr. Gould advises JBU communication students in the radio/TV/web and multi-context emphases. She also teaches and advises EagleBreak, JBU's student-produced newscast, and is co-advisor for Golden Eagle Productions. In her free time, she works on staying current with the latest media trends, and spends time with her husband, Darren Gould, and their twin daughters.