Joe Ayers

Dr. Joe Ayers is a life-long educator and has been teaching at Gonzaga University for over 10 years.  He has been awarded the National Communication Association’s Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award as well as the Edward R. Murrow Distinguished Professor award.

Dr. Ayers has written two novels, nine textbooks, 85 papers and 105 articles published in regional, national, and international journals.


  • COML 504: Organizational Communication and Leadership
  • COML 601: Applied Communication Research


  • Diploma, Elementary Education, Western Montana College
  • B.S., English, Western Montana College
  • M.A., Speech, University of Montana
  • Ph.D., Speech Communication, University of Utah