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Who I am

I am the mother of two children (a son 31 and a daughter 27) and our family includes five dogs: my daughter's dogs: Shadow (left) and Skyy (center), my son's dogs Luca Brasi (center - yep, he's that big) and Luna (the little white one) and, finally, my dog, Kaiah (center bottom). I enjoy reading fantasy novels (David Eddings, R.A. Salvatore, J.R.R. Tolkein, Mercedes Lackey, Terry Brooks), constructing dollhouses and watching the NFL games (Cowboys, Colts and Raiders)!

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Department of Communication: Graduate Website

Department of Communication

Course links:

Fall, 2014

COM 320 Small Group Communication

COM 520 Small Group Communication

Archived Syllabi

COM 212 Interpersonal Communication - Spring, 2011

COM 310 Family Communication - online section - Fall, 2008

COM 310 Family Communication, Spring 2012

COM 323 Business and Professional Communication - Summer, 2005

COM 410 Gender and Communication

COM 491 Teaching Communication Activities

COM 502 Communication in the Classroom - Fall, 2010

COM 508 Nonverbal Communication, Spring, 2013

COM 512 Theories of Interpersonal Communication - Fall, 2012

COM 523 Communication in Personal Relationships - Spring, 2011

COM 582 Descriptive and Experimental Research Methods, Spring, 2013

COM 597 Introduction to Theories of Communication - Summer, 2014

COM 597 Research in Family Communication, Spring, 2012

COM 597 Dark Side of Relational Communication -

COM 597 Gender and Communication (Independent Study) - Summer, 2008

Other links

Documenting Teaching

Mentoring Information

Research Paper Guidelines

Constructing a webpage using Nvu

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Methods from FACET Retreat, 2014

Diversity Resources

Communication Assessment

Peer Review

OTP - Instructor

OTP - Student

Searches

General survey information

Online student engagement survey

Welcome video for COM 212 online course

Lilly Presentations

2007 It's not what you say, it's that you say it! (pdf version)

 

 

 

My "credentials"

EDUCATION

1993 PhD., Communication Research, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1983 MA English Education, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO

1979 BSE English, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO


TEACHING CAREER

January 2006 - present

Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.

September 2002 - August 2006

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.

May, 2000 - May, 2003

Associate Professor of the Department of Communication and Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.

May, 2000 - December, 2002
Associate Professor of the Department of Communication and Director of the Communication Basic Course at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.

Aug 1993 - May, 2000
Assistant Professor (Associate Professor as of July 1, 1998) and Basic Course Director. Department of Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.
Undergraduate courses taught: : Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Group Communication, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication; Family Communication; Communicating Peace, Gender Roles and Communication, Freshman seminar: Critical Thinking and Communication
Graduate/Undergraduate courses taught: Nonverbal Communication, Theories of Interpersonal Communication, Theories of Small Group Communication, Communication in Personal Relationships; Communication in the Classroom, Experimental and Observational Communication Research Methods, Inequlity seminar.

Aug 1991 - Aug 1993
Graduate instructor. Communication Studies Dept, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Undergraduate courses taught: Interpersonal Communication, Business and Professional Speaking, Advertising; Graduate/Undergraduate courses taught: Family Communication, Methods of Communication.
University supervisor of Communication student teachers.

Aug 1989 - 1991

Graduate instructor. Rhetoric Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Undergradute courses taught: Rhetoric (oral and written communication skills course).

Aug 1983 - Aug 1989
Part-time Communication Instructor. Language and Literature Division, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO. Undergraduate courses taught: Speech Communication, Public Relations, Advertising.

Aug 1979 - May 1982
Instructor. Knox County R-I High School, Edina, MO. Courses taught: English, Speech and Drama.


PUBLICATIONS
Quick Hits Cover

2014 An Instrument to Investigate Expectations about and Experiences of the Parent-Child Relationship: The Parent-Child Relationship Schema Scale. Social Sciences, 3(1), 84-114; doi:10.3390/socsci3010084 with Emily Bermes and Suze Fair.

2012 Grading Discussion Forums in the Online Environment. Quick Hits: Teaching with Technology. IU Press: FACET.

2012 Using Team-Based Learning to Engage Students in Online Courses. Quick Hits: Teaching with Technology. IU Press: FACET

2011 Book Review of Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction in Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

2010 Creating effective student engagement in online courses: What do students find engaging? Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(2), pp. 1-13.

2010 “Distance Makes the Heart Grow Anxious: Managing Long-Distance and Commuter Relationship” for Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships. Braithwaite, D. & Wood, J.T. (Eds.). Kendall Hunt.

2006, July Teaching Family Communication Concepts through Family Stories: An Analysis of Stories and Rituals in David Bradley's Harvest Home. Communication Teacher

2006 Creating effective online discussions: Instructor and student roles. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 10 (3) with Michelle Kuhlhorst, MA and Amber Reiff, MA

2001 “Teaching Social Construction in the Basic Course: Opening Minds and Integrating Contexts” in Basic Course Annual, 13, pp. 151-173

1999
Distance makes the heart grow fonder: Managing long-distance and commuter relationships. In Braithwaite, D.O. & Wood, J.T. (Eds.) Case studies in interpersonal communication: Process and problems. ITP/Wadsworth Publishing.


1996 "The social construction of marital reality: A lesson plan" Personal Relationships Issues, 3(2), pp. 15-16.

1996 “Directing associate faculty: A rich resource for the basic course” Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 3, pp. 187-204.

1995
Book review of Stepfamilies - Who benefits? Who does not? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 13(1), pp. 153-154.

1995 Models and perspectives of parent-child communication. In Socha, T.J. & Stamp, G.(Eds.). Parents, children and communication: Frontiers of theory and research (pp. 43-62). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

1993
with Steve Duck. Understanding relationship processes: Uncovering the human search for meaning. In Duck, S. (Ed.) Individuals in relationships. Vol. 1. London: Sage.

1993 Single mothers and their sons: Everyday communication as a foundation for relationships and children's coping with divorce. Iowa Journal of Speech Communication, 26(1), pp. 45-59.

RECENT AWARDS AND HONORS

2014 Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. with Mackenzie Greenwell, Sara Lauer, Christie Rogers-Stacy, and Tyson Weister

2012 Invited as one of four experts in scholarship of teaching and learning for first MACK Center videoconference “SoTL 101”

2011 Invited Speaker for 3rd Annual Robin Hass Birky Lecture at the 16th Annual Associate Faculty and Lecturers' Conference, October 14th.

2009 Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

2008 Phi Kappa Phi

2007 MACK Fellowship

2007 IPFW Friends of the University Outstanding Teacher

2006 FACET Membership


RECENT CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS

2014 Nonverbal Immediacy Behaviors and online student engagement: Bringing past instructional research into the present virtual classroom. Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. November with Mackenzie Greenwell, Sara Lauer, Christie Rogers-Stacy, and Tyson Weister

Developing a teaching philosophy. Invited presentation (again). IU’s FALCON Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

SoTL Method presentation: Regional Campus Research/Creative Activity Workshop at IU Kokomo with Beth Kern and Julie Saam.

SoTL Methods 1: Marcia Dixson, Irwin Mallin, Gwynn Mettetal, and Julie Saam at FACET Retreat, Indianapolis, IN.

SoTL Methods 2 Marcia Dixson, Beth Kern, Irwin Mallin, Gwynn Mettetal, and Julie Saam  at FACET Retreas, Indianapolis, IN.

2013

Developing a teaching philosophy. Invited presentation. IU’s FALCON Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

2012 Connecting to the Family Communication Course by Using Family Stories. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cleveland OH.

Bringing Your Authentic Self into the Classroom. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching Washington, D.C.

Teaching with Technology: Our Tips and Yours! with Kimberly Tommorrow-Olivares. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching Washington, D.C.

2011 Teaching Innovations as a Strategic Path to Promotion and Tenure. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Using Team-Based Learning in Online Courses: Making Virtual Connections. Team Based Learning Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

2009 Creating effective student engagement in online courses: What do students find engaging? Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

2007 Connecting the wired generation with each other:  Effectively using small group discussion forums in online courses.  Presented at FACET Retreat, Indianapolis, IN. 

Effective Cooperative Learning via Discussion Forums: An Online Application of Team Principles a 45 minutes interactive workshop presented at Lilly Conference – West in Pomono, CA, March, 2007.

Online or in class discussion:  A comparison of products and students’ perceptions of process a round table discussion presented at Lilly Conference in Traverse City, MI, October, 2007.

It’s not what you say, it’s that you say it!: No difference between teacher messages poster presentation at Lilly Conference in Traverse City, MI, October, 2007.

Are We in Sync?  Instructor and Student Communication Priorities in Online and Traditional Courses 45 minute interactive session presented at Lilly Conference in Oxford, OH November, 2007.

2004 Creating Effective Online Discussions: Instructor and student roles. with Amber Reiff and Michelle Kuhlhorst presented at National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

An instrument to investigate the expectations of and experiencess with the parent-child relationship: The parent-child relationship inventory with Suze Fair and Emily Bermes presented at National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Panel member for Roundtable for the Terminal MA in Communication at National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

2001 Panel member for "I dream of a world where students actually graduate!" to discuss advising as an interpersonal communication activity. Central States Communication Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"What do you want?: Teens unmet expectations about the parent-child relationship" with Suze Fair presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

"The role of communication in meeting adolescents' relational expectations about the parent-child relationship: Satisfying teenagers" with Jackie Fisher presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

1999 with Al Pugh, Process Mapping and Teams. Presented at Annual Conference of Computers and Industrial Engineering in New Orleans, LA.

Researching difficult topics with private people. Panel presented at Joint Annual Conference of International Network of Personal Relationships and International Society of Social and Personal Relationships. Louisville, KY.
with Jeanne Barone. Team Testing. Presented to FACET Associate Faculty Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

with Al Pugh. Process Mapping as a Tool for Quality. Presented to Asmerican Society for Quality 50th Annual All-Davy Quality Conference at Fort Wayne, IN.

1997 "The role of communication in meeting young adults' relational expectations about the parent-child relationship: Satisfaction in launching families" with Ava Stein presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Il.

"Centralizing communication in the Basic Course: Deemphasizing Context" accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Il.

"Generalized communicative suspiciousness (GCS) and personal relationships: A reciprocal effects perspective" accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Il.

with Ava Stein. "Children's models of the parent-child relationship: What do young children expect?" presented at International Network of Personal Relationships Annual Conference, Oxford, Ohio.

with Ava Stein "Models of the parent-child relationship: What do college students expect?" poster presented at International Network of Personal Relationships Annual Conference, Oxford, Ohio.

 

Zeus

In Memory of Zeus 2000 - 2010