Robert Bohlken, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Communication, writes a weekly newspaper column and is a communication consultant. He retired after many years teaching at both the secondary and university levels.His professional areas of expertise and research are in listening, semantics, and interpersonal trust/relationship.
Dr. Bohlken has published more than twenty academic journal articles,presented papers at more than forty academic conferences, and made over one hundred service, social club and school presentations. He is an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker/lecturer/children’s reading
He authored three booklets:
Grandpa Listens as Bobby Grows Up
How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny
How to Talk Rural Northwest Missouri Talk
He is a member of the International Listening Association, International Society of General Semantics, National Communication
Association, and a life member of the Optimist International Service Club. He is a Korean War veteran and has been a longtime member of the American Legion.
Degrees held by Dr. Bohlken include a B.S. degree in Language Arts
Education with Distinction from Nebraska State College; Master of Arts
Degree in Communication/Theatre Arts, University of Nebraska, and
Doctorate of Philosophy in Communication, University of Kansas. He and
his wife, Mary, live in Maryville, Missouri.
Character education is a growing trend in schools. Children ages 8-10 learn about responsibility, honesty, loyalty, caring, citizenship, and how to live peacefully with others. Through events in the lives of prehistoric characters they learn to make decisions for their tribe. Each story is a powerful lesson in character building, complete with introduction, questions, and activities.
Help this prehistoric tribe of Mukies solve problems that disrupt their peace loving nature. Children 8-12 will find challenges in helping the Mukies work through risk taking adventures, friendship conflicts, and bravery episodes. What appears to be a handicap turns out to be an important trait. See how their positive attitude, open communication and good listening skills reward them.