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Room: 2010 
2801 W. Bancroft
Mail Stop 505
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: 419.530.2005
Fax: 419.530.4771

Department Chair




Communication Advisor
Lisa Bollman


Paulette D. Kilmer, Professor of Communication

Paulette KilmerDr. Paulette D. Kilmer is a professor of communication. She began teaching at UT in the fall of 1997. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign campus, with a Ph.D. in media studies; from the University of Kansas in Lawrence with a M.A. in speech/theater; and from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a M.A. in specialized reporting as well as a B.A. in journalism and history.

Kilmer is the author of "We're One Organism: IBEW Local 8's Adventures in Keeping Current," a cultural history based on archival research and sixty interviews, commissioned by Local 8 and published by Kelly Press in summer 2008. A new edition is forthcoming, retitled “’The Strong Shall Help the Weak…’ Electricians Recall a Century of Keeping Current.” Also forthcoming from Kilmer is "Always Sunny Skies: Why We're Wanderers At Heart." She has also written "The Fear of Sinking: The American Success Formula in the Gilded Age," which was published in 1996.

She publishes book chapters and journal articles as well as gives papers at national conventions including The Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication and The Symposium on the Nineteenth Century Press and the Civil War.  Kilmer edits a chapter in the most used media history text book in the country, The Media in America: A History. 

She is the first member to received two President’s Awards for Meritorious Service in Leadership from the American Journalism Historians Association. Kilmer served on the accreditation team for Albright College and coordinates the search for editors for AJHA publications as the Publications Committee Chair.  She has served on the AJHA board of directors and presently serves on the Steering Committee for the Symposium on the Nineteenth Century Press, Civil War and Free Expression. 

Kilmer received the Best Research Paper Award of Excellence in a refereed 2009 competition for “the detail and quality exhibited” in her “Haunted Times? Ghosts in the New York Times’ Crime Stories from 1851-1901,” at the Symposium on 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Her research interests include values across time and narrative formats in the mass media for myths and legends. She serves as the advisor of the Society for Professional Journalists.

She is probably best known on the University of Toledo campus for coordinating the Banned Books Week Vigil, which she founded 17 years ago, in conjunction with the American Library Association.  She leads her committee in planning the all-day event that features new presentations every half hour, door prizes, and light refreshments.  She has recruited dozens of sponsors and works tirelessly with her committee to build the campus-wide celebration of the right to read and think freely.

Kilmer has secured grants to present programs on campus, including “An Evening with Mark Twain,” from the Ohio Humanities Council; Dr. David Mindich, author of “Tuned Out: Why Young People Don't Follow the News,” with funding from IBEW Local 8 and the Toledo Alliance of Construction Professionals; and Sheldon Rampton, author of “Toxic Sludge is Good For You,” with support from the Toledo Alliance of Construction Professionals.


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Last Updated: 8/8/17