TEACHING

It is a supreme privilege to learn with and be challenged by ETSU students in the classrooms we share. I work with graduate students in the Communication & Storytelling Studies M.A. program, emphasizing writing as a method of inquiry. I mentor their research, help them to find their scholarly voice, and promote creative thought and artistic practice in their work. I also work with undergraduate majors and minors in Communication Studies, emphasizing mindful communication practices and how to use them to foster personal and community change.  I offer expertise in communication particularly as it relates to interpersonal relationships, family, gender, well-being, and human equity.

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MY CURRENT

COURSES

Food & Communication, COMM 4220

Intensive, online summer course exploring how people communicate about food & through food.  We look at how food, foodways, and food labor are interconnected with personal identity  ...

MY MASTER'S

STUDENTS' THESES

2021 Chris Walonski

Skin Deep: Body Modification and Agentic

Identities among Individuals with Skin Conditions    ...

2021 Cassie Dandridge Selleck

Strategies of Stigmatized Grief Management    ...

Family Communication, COMM 4210

We examine the family (broadly construed) as a communication system.  Students explore the multiple functions of interaction in families to illuminate  ...

Speaking for Social Change, COMM 3346 

Advanced-level training in various forms of public address channelled into civic engagement efforts. Our work challenges  ...

Qualitative Research Methods, COMM 5200  

Students explore of a variety of qualitative research methods in communication, practice them in a semester-long research project, and become versed in discussing critical issues in conducting research  ...

Communication Theory, COMM 5330

Students practice the application of various theories that inform the communication and performance disciplines through analyses of texts, cultural practices, experiences, and stories or narratives  ...

2021 Debora Garrison

"We're Sinking and We're Sinking Quick”: Family and Feeding Work During COVID-19 for Single, White, Middle-Class Mothers    ...

2020  Donna Paulsen

"No One's Gonna Say That at Church:" Women's Experiences with Infertility in Christian Faith Communities   ... 

2019  Tama Lunceford

Stories of Color: An Exploration of Storytelling and Racial Microaggression   ... 

2019  Alana Claxton

Cooking Lessons: Oral Recipe Sharing in the Southern Kitchen   ... 

2019  Kallie Gay

Becoming a Master Manager: An Analysis of SNAP Recipient Stories of Navigating Government Assistance   ... 

2018  Tessa McCoy-Hall

Up on the Mountain, Down in the Valley: An Examination of the Impacts of Maternal Incarceration  ...