Department of Communication Studies

Nichole (Nikki) Zumbach Harken

Instructor/Internship Director


Research Interests

I am constantly reading literature about student success in the classroom, healthy relationship strategies, and connecting students with their communities. My interests are varied because I have so much excitement for many parts of life!

Teaching Interests

I love students!! Stop by and see me - I'm also available by appointment.

Courses Taught

Cornerstone, Oral Communication, Public Speaking, Internships/Cooperative Education, Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication Skills.

Personal/Professional Interests

I believe in serving our communities, it is our duty and delight to create a system that encourages personal responsibility and success.  Teaching and imparting knowledge to students is just one of the many ways that I want to make a difference in the world. 

In my own community I am very involved in my church; coordinating VBS, Sunday School, Christmas Programs, and serving on various committees.  I am also a part of the Shell Rock 4th of July Committee.

The greatest joy in my life is being a partner to my amazing husband, Matt and mother to my son Tucker, 11 and daughter Estelle, 9.  They make me laugh every day and continuously teach and remind me about the simplistic joys in life. Mr. Harken's favorite phrase...'Livin' right never gets old.'

Try to live each and every day with an attitude of's our choice.

Go Panthers!!!


Course Sites:

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@UNICommInterns (Internship/Co-Op Ed)

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@UNICommInterns (Internship/Co-Op Ed)
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