Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Carlson

Second Advisor

Dr. Shirley Waskel

Third Advisor

Dr. Marshall Prisbell


This study extended previous research on teacher immediacy by examining the relationship between teacher immediacy and students' evaluations of the course and/or teacher. Immediacy, course evaluation, and teacher evaluation were also explored in relation to teacher gender and student gender. Results indicated that teacher immediacy had a significant effect on student evaluations. Gender also had a significant, although unexpected, effect on evaluations of both the teacher and the course. Discussion focused on the relevance of these variables for purposes of instructional training and future research.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Gradute College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Gail Victoria Rowden May, 1995