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Meet the Faculty

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Robert "Bert" Ballard

Associate Professor of Communication

Division: Communication Division
Office: Center for Communication and Business (CCB) 250
Phone: (310) 506-6801
Fax: (310) 456-3083
E-mail: bert.ballard@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Human Communication Studies (Rhetoric & Communication Ethics), University of Denver
  • Graduate Certificate, Theology, Denver Seminary
  • M.S., Recreation Resources, Colorado State University
  • B.S., Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism, Colorado State University

Selected Service Accomplishments:
  • Visiting Faculty, Shanghai International Program, 2014-15.
  • Chair, Program Planner & Executive Committee Member, Communication Ethics Division, National Communication Association, 2012-2015
  • Contributor, Speaker, and Workshop Leader, Special Exhibition on Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 2014-2015
  • Planner and Plenary Speaker. (2013, February 8-9). Pepperdine University School of Law Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics Conference on Intercountry Adoption: Orphan Rescue or Child Trafficking? For more information, click here.
  • Film Advisor and Cast Member. Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam 2006-2010. For more information, click here.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Family Communication, 2009 to present.


  • Communication Ethics (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Family Communication
  • Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Social Media

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Outstanding Communication Ethics Teacher of the Year, National Communication Association, 2015
  • Article of the Year for "Communication Ethics in the Communication Curriculum: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico," Communication Education, 2015
  • Linley Community-Based Research Fellow. Pepperdine Volunteer Center. Pepperdine University, (2013-14)., 2013
  • Seaver College Fellow, Communication Division. (2012-2013).
  • Exemplary Teacher. (2011). National Communication Association
  • Six Top Paper Awards at various national and regional conferences
  • National Communication Association - Communication Ethics Division (National Communication Association)

Academic Interests:

  • Communication Ethics
  • Ethnography/Autoethnography
  • Intercountry Adoption

Selected Works:

  • Ballard, R. L., Goodno, N. H., Cochran, Jr., R. F., & Milbrandt, J. A. (Eds.). (2015). The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Swenson-Lepper, T., Leavitt, M. A., Hoffer, M., Charron, L. N., Ballard, R. L., Bell McManus, L. M., Holba, A. M., Jovanovic, S., & Tompkins, P. S. (2015). Communication ethics in the communication curriculum: United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Communication Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2015.1041996
  • Floyd, K., & Ballard, R. L. (2014). Interpersonal communication: The whole story (1st Canadian Ed.). Whitby, ON: McGraw-Hill. (Sole author of Canadian adaptation of U.S.-based textbook.)
  • Ballard, R. L. (2013). Narrative burden: The identity formation of adult Vietnamese adoptees. Qualitative Communication Research.
  • Ballard, R. L. & Ballard, S. J. (2011). From narrative inheritance to narrative momentum: Past, present, and future stories in an international adoptive family. Journal of Family Communication, 11(2), 69-84.
  • Suter, E. A., & Ballard, R. L. (2009). "'How much did you pay for her?': Decision-making criteria underlying adoptive parents' responses to inappropriate remarks", Journal of Family Communication, 9(2),107-125. doi:10.1080/1526743090277325
  • Ballard, R. L. (Ed.). (2009). Pieces of me: Who do I want to be? Warren, NJ: EMK Press.