Teaching Moment # 476!
Describe the nonverbal cues of these two women.
What do these cues tell you about their relationship?
Are they friends or strangers?

Teaching interpersonal communication ROCKS; and is not rocket science, nor is it meant to be. Students who study interpersonal communication have communicated all their lives! 
But people vary greatly in their ability to communicate, because people are complicated

To understand why people differ, we need to study interpersonal communication. For instance, there are lots of myths about communication that science simply has not supported: Women are not any more compassionate than men. And viewing your partner through rose-colored glasses actually makes for more-not less-satisfying relationships.

Scholars from every methodological corner come together in communication studies to acquire knowledge and to find answers to the complicated world of human symbolic exchange (aka "talk"). In my own research, I rely on social scientific methods, and what I learn from my research and the research of other scholars influences what I teach.

Students profit tremendously from scholarship, not only when it comes to actual findings, but also when it comes to
being able to differentiate good science from bad science. Applying scientific knowledge to interpersonal communication improves our lives, helps us understand why people do what they do, and ultimately makes us more compassionate about our shortcomings (and those of other people!).

Graduate Research
Graduate students learn the tools of the academic trade by working in the lab on actual research. It's an apprenticeship model, really: Student learn best and need to make mistakes while actually doing the work. As of March 2017 I have two advisees with I am working on a series of projects. The outcome of these projects are a load of conference presentations, top paper awards, and research publications (see my left sidebar Research link).

Graduate Seminar Syllaby
Prosocial Communication and Social Support (Spring 2007)
Communication and Emotion (Spring 2015)    
Interpersonal Communication Theories (Spring 2016)   

Undergraduate Course Syllaby

Introduction to Communication Theory (Spring 2015)
Advanced Interpersonal Communication (Fall 2015)

Introduction to Relational Communication (Summer 2015)
Communication and Emotion (Spring 2008)
Prosocial Communication (Fall 2014)
Communication and Conflict (Spring 2016)
Nonverbal Communication (Fall 2015)
Quantitative Interpersonal Communication (Spring 2014)