Dr. J. Thompson Biggers

Associate Professor of Communication
Department of Liberal Studies


  • B.A., Austin Peay State University, 1968
  • M.S., University of Central Florida, 1979
  • Ph.D., Communication Theory and Research, Florida State University, 1981

Dr. Biggers has served as a faculty member, advisor, and administrator in various academic institutions for over 50 years. He has had an extensive research career and has published more than 20 articles. Dr. Biggers initially came to Mercer in 1991 as an administrator. While fulfilling these duties, Dr. Biggers still taught every semester.

Dr. Biggers returned to Mercer University as a faculty member in 2003. He served as coordinator of the Communication program for 16 years. In that time, he was part of major curriculum revisions.

Dr. Biggers is also a member of the department of Liberal Studies in the College of Professional Advancement. He has advised many students as they transition into Liberal Studies from other degree programs.

Courses taught

  • Gender Relations
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Organizational Communication

Areas of specialization

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication

Leadership Positions in the Profession/Discipline

  • Coordinated the communication degree program in the College of Professional Advancement

Research and professional interests

  • Interracial Interpersonal Relationships

Recent publications

He has been published numerous times in refereed journals. He has 21 articles in academic journals, 29 referred convention presentations, and numerous panel presentation at national conferences. He has written extensively about American academic debate, and his work has been selected for inclusion in several textbooks.

Contact Dr. Biggers

Office: Douglas Center 137A