Boulder, Colorado


Averett College  1966-1969 AS
San Diego State 1972-74    BS Communication 4.0 Major
San Diego State 1974-77    MA Communication Dean’s List all semesters
University of Colorado, Boulder 1977-80 PhD Communication Highest Distinction 3.9 GPA
Warnborough College Oxford, UK 1982 Post Doctorate- Gender Communication


San Diego State 1974-77 Public Speaking
Southwestern College 1975-77 Nonverbal Communication
University of Colorado, Boulder 1977-1982 Communication and Social Change, Persuasion, Communication 101,Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication


  • Western Speech Communication Association: 1975 Debut Award

The Relationship of Cognitive Style to Language Acquisition and Selected Aspects of Nonverbal Communication (co-author: Patrick Mills).

  • Teaching and Learning Council: State of California Grant for highest teaching evaluations, Communication Dept 1975.
  • Teaching Excellence Award: University of Colorado, Boulder 1980.
  • Distinguished Instructor Award: University of Colorado, Boulder, Division of Continuing Education 1982.


You Don’t Say: Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes (Prentice Hall 2004)
Code Switching: How to talk so Men will listen (Alpha Books, Penguin 2009)
The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women (Pfeiffer 2012).


Women’s Nonverbal Behavior: The Paradox of Skill and Acquiescence. Women Studies in Communication (Fall 1981).
Inductive Acuity and the Acquisition of Language. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research (Vol. 12, 1983).


1984-Current Audrey Nelson PhD Inc. Key-note speaker, corporate trainer and consultant for Fortune 50 companies and government agencies in 49 states and 6 countries.

2011 Represented US Embassy in South Korea as a consultant on gender equity in the workplace.

1980 Co-Founded/served as President for the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC)