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Dr. Amy Thieme

Amy Thieme
  • Associate Professor


Contact Information

  • Department: Communication
  • Office: Combs 312
  • Mailing Address: Combs 317
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-1320
  • Expert Areas: Communication Studies


An Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Dr. Thieme joined the EKU faculty in 1995 and teaches courses in Conflict Management, Mediation, Persuasion, and Advocacy and Opposition. Dr. Thieme holds an associate’s degree in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, and a master’s and doctoral degree from Ohio University in human communication studies with an emphasis in alternative dispute resolution. While working on her doctorate, Thieme also completed forty hours of mediation training and ten additional hours of training in special problem mediations (family and divorce). She worked as a volunteer mediator in southeastern Ohio for a number of years.

Since arriving at Eastern Kentucky University, Thieme has been teaching, researching and practicing alternative dispute resolution.  She estimates that she has trained more than 1,000 undergraduates in alternative dispute resolution techniques (i.e., how to resolve personal and professional non-criminal disputes without litigation or violence).  Her favorite quotes are:

Seek first to understand, then to be understood;


The road to hell is paved with good intention.

During her time at Eastern, Dr. Thieme has served on numerous committees at multiple levels of the University as a member or as chair. Those include: General Education, University Assessment, Student Disciplinary Committee, Promotion and Tenure, ADA Appeals, Financial and Strategic Planning Council, Faculty Welfare Committee, Faculty Senate, and the University Budget Committee.

In April 2013, Dr. Thieme was elected by the faculty to serve a three-year term as a member of the Board of Regents for Eastern Kentucky University (eight members of which are appointed by the governor and three are elected by university staff, faculty, and students).  As a board member, Thieme was appointed by the chair of the board to serve on the Finance and Planning Committee and the Institutional Advancement and Honors Committee.

Thieme is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and is serving a two-year term as co-chair of the research division.  Responsibilities include: Identifying evaluation strategies and methodologies to assist in enhancing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program quality; identifying and posting about cutting edge research in ADR; creating research panels for the national ADR conference; creating and hosting webinars; and identifying opportunities for research collaborations.

Thieme balances work with family, friends, and activities such as biking and kayaking. 


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
CMS 210Public SpeakingMWF 1:25pm-2:15pm Combs Building 307Spring 2018
CMS 315Speech Communication Practicum   Spring 2018
CMS 325Communi in Conflict ManagementMWF 11:15am-12:05pm Combs Building 307Spring 2018
GSD 250Exit Requirement AGS  Internet Classes SITESpring 2018
GSD 250Exit Requirement AGS  Internet Classes SITESpring 2018
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