Dennis Gouran served as Department Head from 1984 until 1998, while maintaining an especially decorated career. He was honored with several college and university awards, such as the Faculty Scholar Medal, the Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award, the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, and Service to the College Award. Dennis Gouran has also served as the President of the National Communication Association, President of the Central States Speech Association, and the chief editor of Communication Monographs. He has published thirteen books, including Discussion: The Process of Group Decision-Making, Mastering Communication, and Making Decisions in Groups: Choices and Consequences. He has also published over fifty articles in top journals, such as Speech Monographs, Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Communication Studies, and Quarterly Journal of Speech.