Janice Thorpe, M.A.

 Janice Thorpe, M.A.

Janice Thorpe, M.A.

Senior Instructor/Director, Online Learning


I have been teaching in the Communication Department for more than 26 years, and have taught a variety of courses during that time. I absolutely love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else. My main academic interests include online education, instructional communication, and assessment of student learning. I am the Director of our Online program, Course Director for Research Methods, as well as the Director of Assessment . I am an enthusiastic advocate for rigorous quality online learning courses and programs. My most recent research project focuses on learning communities in the online environment.  Additionally, I have written a textbook specifically for advanced public speakers and the skills and tools they will need for 21st century presentations.

On a personal level, one of the more unique things about me is that my husband and I, with our two kids (aged 5 and 7), took 2 ½ years and sailed around the world. We visited 14 different countries and made many wonderful new friends. It was a fabulous experience, and we hope to do it again soon –this time without children!

Other than travel, I am a rabid (and I do mean rabid) football fan, primarily college football (GO VOLS!), but an enthusiastic Bronco fan as well. I also run, lift weights, and play as much golf as I can fit in. I hope to get my handicap down low enough to play in Scotland and not embarrass myself. :)


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver (Education), Expected Graduation: May 2020
  • M.A., University of Colorado Denver (Communication)
  • B.A., University of Tennessee (Education)