Martha Haun - University of Houston
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Faculty Bio

Martha Haun

Associate Professor - Emeritus
Communication Bldg

Martha Womack Haun, Ph.D., U of Illinois, joined the faculty of University of Houston in 1969. An endowed scholarship honors her nearly five decades of teaching and service to UH. She taught communication theory, effective meeting management, debate, relational communication, crisis communication and end of life communication. She has received numerous awards including the University Educator of the Year from the Texas Speech Communication Association and the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice. A Professional Registered Parliamentarian, she served seven years as national editor of the  Parliamentary Journal  of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and from 2015-2017, as editor of the National Parliamentarian of the National Association of Parliamentarians. She is a past National President of Phi Beta National Professional Fraternity for the Creative and Performing Arts and past National President of the Professional Fraternity Association which represents over a million members of professional Greek organizations. She has published four books and over two dozen articles and has delivered dozens of papers and workshops to organizations. 


  • Ph.D. (Communication Theory; Rhetorical Theory) University of Illinois, Urbana
  • M.A. (Speech Communication; Educational Psychology) University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. (Speech Communication; English: Education) University of Texas at Austin
  • Professional Registered Parliamentarian, National Assn of Parliamentarians


  • Health, Interpersonal, Family, & Crisis Communication
  • Communication Theory
  • Meeting Management
  • Public Address, Argumentation and Debate, Business
  • Professional Communication

Selected Publications

  • Haun, Martha J. (2010) Communication: Theory and Concepts. 7th ed., McGraw-Hill.
  • Haun, Martha J. (2010) Crisis Communication: Process and Practice. 3rd. ed. McGraw-Hill.
  • Haun, Martha J. and Quintinilla, Guadalupe. Estrategias efectivas para hablar en publico. McGraw-Hill Primis, 2001. 2nd editiion (2010) 
  • Haun, Martha J.   Public Speaking Workbook. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill Primis, 2000.


  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Writing on Parliamentary Law, American Institute of
  • Parliamentarians, 2006, for “Let the Minority Be Heard,” Parliamentary Journal, July 2005
  • Awarded grant for Medical certification project, Distance Learning with Jim L. Query, Jr. and Larry Kelly, co-principal investigators
  • Awarded grant for Houston Alzheirmer’s Association, Query & Haun, Center for Health and Crisis Communication, website development project.