Wassmuth comes to Kansas State University from Kennesaw State University, near Atlanta, Ga., where she served as chair of the department of communication for more than seven years. Under her leadership, the department managed exponential growth -- from about 550 majors to nearly 1,400 majors. She also supported excellence in teaching and curriculum development, innovative research and professional service in ways that led the communication program to national and international recognition.
A native of Germany, Wassmuth has a master's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in advertising psychology and a doctorate in mass communication with a focus on history, both from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Her undergraduate degree in graphic design is from the University of Kassel, Germany. She has taught at Temple University, Drake University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Kennesaw State University. She has also served two distinguished visiting professorships at the University of Florida.