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Candy J. Noltensmeyer



Dr. Candy Noltensmeyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Carolina University.  She teaches a variety of courses in human communication focusing on Interpersonal Concepts, Small Group, Theory, Research, and Health.  Candy is originally from Southeast Kansas where she taught courses in public speaking, theory, public relations, and advertising.  Teaching is an important aspect of Candy’s life and was recognized when in 2009, she received an Outstanding Teaching Award from Pittsburg State University.

Dr. Noltensmeyer has two distinct areas of research:  the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and relational aspects of stigma and sexuality.  She recently completed a project focusing on the experiences burn survivors and their relational partners have with stigma and sexuality.  Results were well received at National conferences and published in a prestigious interdisciplinary journal.  Currently, Dr. Noltensmeyer’s SoTL scholarship in focused on implicit bias and stigmatized disclosures. 

Department of Communication
Assistant Professor - Human Communication
Phone: 828-227-2281
Office Address: Stillwell 250


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Missouri
  • M.A., Communication, Pittsburg State University
  • B.A., Social Science, Pittsburg State University
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