Myrna Cornett-DeVito was a faculty member from 1991 until 2011. Previously she held administrative and staff positions at colleges and universities in Kansas City, Boston, Chicago, and Emporia. Myrna completed her undergraduate work in Speech Communication and American Studies and her master's degree in Speech Communication, all of which emphasized intercultural communication. Her doctoral studies focused on small group and organizational studies at the University of Kansas. She has consulted in the areas of intercultural communication, leadership and team-building and tries to travel internationally as much as possible.
Myrna has published several journal articles and a training manual in the intercultural area and has conducted intercultural training for law enforcement officers. Most recently, Myrna’s research has centered on instructional communication competence with an emphasis on accommodating international students and students with learning differences. She also is involved with the study of relationship development across cultures in international business. Myrna’s work appears in Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of International Business & Practice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and NACADA Journal. In addition to her publications, she also has been active in the National Communication Association over the years as a presenter, respondent, program planner and interest group officer.
During her tenure at ESU, Myrna has been awarded the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Award, the Kansas Speech Communication Association Educator of the Year, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and the Central States Communication Association Federation Research Prize for a team proposal. Myrna was the founding advisor for Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and served as co-faculty advisor for nine years.