I teach a variety of interpersonal and family communication courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My courses focus on making scholarship accessible and applicable to daily life.


INTRODUCTION TO INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Exploration of theories of interpersonal communication and its application to everyday life to develop knowledge, insight, and skills to navigate face-to-face interactions.

RELATIONAL COMMUNICATION: Advanced course exploring the theories and scholarship of interpersonal and relational communication. Additionally, students develop the ability to locate, analyze, and critique communication scholarship.

FAMILY COMMUNICATION: Examination of the nature of functions of communication in various family configurations. Explores both healthy and problematic interaction patterns and the link between family interaction and family functioning.

THE EVOLUTION OF FAMILY COMMUNICATION: An interdisciplinary studies course that combines historical, sociological, and communication perspective to understand the bi-directional nature of history and communication on past and present interpretations and expectations of American families.

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE–COMMUNICATING IN COMMITTED PARTNERSHIPS: An advanced course that focuses on interpersonal communication and relational scholarship as it pertains to committed romantic partnerships, including same-sex, cohabiting, and married couples.

SEXUAL COMMUNICATION: An advanced course examining how communication helps and hinders dialogue surrounding sex and sexuality in relationships and on a broader, societal level, including gender norms, rape culture, and sexism.

SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION: General survey of theories, practices, and principles of small group communication. Emphasis on leadership, group processes, and interpersonal relationships in a variety of small group contexts.


GRADUATE SEMINAR IN INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: In-depth analyses of interpersonal communication theories and research. Graduate students gain first-hand experience conducting interpersonal communication research.

GRADUATE RESEARCH METHODS: Introduction and exploration of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology.

INDEPENDENT STUDY, SPECIAL TOPIC: COMMUNICATION RESEARCH: Independent study designed to help students learn the process of communication research. Topics covered include obtaining approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the ethics of communication research, participant recruitment, and data collection.