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Interim Marketing Director, Communication Studies
Why I chose WOUIt was love at first sight.
At WOU since06/24/2013
HobbiesWhale watching. I'm all about tails and spouts!
Fun factI really love coloring my hair all colors, especially, PURPLE!
Favorite book/movieToo many to list...
Areas of responsibility
***Interim Market Director, MarCom, 3/1/2022 to 12/31/2022, OFFICE: TODD 122***
Humanities Division Chair, OFFICE BELL 315
Professor, Communication Studies
Native Texan happily replanted here in Oregon.
2007 BA in Communication, University of Texas at San Antonio;
2009 MA in Communication, Texas State University;
2012 PhD in Health Communication, George Mason University.
My updated CV is posted on the bulletin board outside my office. 🙂
Certificate in Emotional Skills and Competencies, Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility, Emotional Intelligence Academy, Manchester, U.K. November, 2018
Certificate in Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility, Emotional Intelligence Academy, Manchester, U.K. November, 2018.
Certified trainer/teacher, Emotional Skills and Competencies, and Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility, Emotional Intelligence, Academy, Manchester, U.K. November, 2019.
Fundamentals of Online Teaching Track, Catalyst/LX Pathways, July/August, 2020.
Accessible Instruction for Deaf College Students During COVID-19 and Beyond, National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, October, 2020.
OER Spring Course, April, 2021.
OER Review Workshop, May, 2021.
Red & Blue Zone LGBTQIA+ Training, May, 2021.
Equity & Open Education Faculty Cohort, Summer 2021. (Applied)
Nonverbal Deception Detection course! Fall 2021
Interpersonal Communication, Foundations of Health Communication, Relational Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Group Discussion and Leadership, Family Communication, and the latest and greatest, The Dark Side of Family Communication. Classes I teach in Summer Sessions: Relational Com, Group Discussion & Leadership, Family Com, and sometimes Interpersonal Com.
End of Life.
Climate Change Communication.
Awards and honors
Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
Golden Key International Honor Society
Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society
Sigma Kappa Upsilon Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
2021 Nominated for Advisor of the Year
2019 WOU Faculty All-Star Award
2018 WOU Faculty All-Star Award
2017 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inducted
2016 Faculty Appreciation Night, Women’s Basketball Team
2015 Invited guest, Chi Alpha Sigma Athlete Honor Society Induction
2014 Nominated, NRHH of the Month, Student nominated award for outstanding contribution to the WOU Residential community
Invited guest speaker and panelist, Texas State University Communication Week, San Marcos, Texas
2012 Post Doctoral Fellow - Senior Research Specialist I Curtis W. and Ann H. Long Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri - Columbia
Top Paper, Family Communication Division, National Communication Association
Outstanding Excellence to the DCHC Conference Award, Department of Communication, George Mason University
Dissertation Completion Grant Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
2011 Finalist, National Cancer Institute, Cancer Prevention Fellowship, one of 25 selected nationally
2011 Fellow, Health Communication Doctoral Fellows Seminar, sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Cancer Communication Research Center and the National Cancer Institute, one of 15 selected nationally
Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Department of Communication, George Mason University
Extra Mile Award, Department of Communication, George Mason University
Invited guest speaker, Texas State University Communication Week, San Marcos, TX
2010 President, Communication Graduate Student Association, George Mason University (elected)
Center for Global Education Global Perspectives Scholarship, George Mason University
Dean’s Challenge Doctoral Student Award, Department of Communication, George Mason University
2009-2012 National and International Travel Scholarships Recipient, George Mason University
2009 Finalist for Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Department of Communication, Texas State University - San Marcos
2007-2009 National Travel Scholarships Recipient, Texas State University – San Marcos
2007 Outstanding Senior Student University Life Awards Nominee, University of Texas at San Antonio
2007 Who’s Who of American Universities and Colleges
2006 International Education Scholarship, Université du Québec à Montréal
Graduate courses taught
COM 531 in conjunction with COM 431 Nonverbal Deception Detection
Undergraduate courses taught
Interpersonal Communication, Foundations of Health Communication, Health Literacy, Relational Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Group Discussion and Leadership, Family Communication, The Dark Side of Family Communication, and the latest and greatest, Nonverbal Deception Detection. Classes I teach in Summer Sessions: Relational Com, Dark Side of Family Com, Family Com, and sometimes Interpersonal Com.
Nonverbal. Young Caregivers. Death and Dying.
Publications and Presentations
Qualitative scholar examining the narratives around the end of life. Currently, working on a cooperative project with the University of Kentucky School of Social Work on young hospice caregivers, a project regarding nonverbal communication and the differently normed as well as interviewing facilitators from the contemporary Death Cafe/Death Positive movement.
International Communication Association
National Communication Association
Family Communication Division
Health Communication Division
Eastern Communication Association
Health Communication Division
Association for Business Communication
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
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