My research interests are in the areas of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and instructional communication. I use quantitative and qualitative methods for my research. I am currently doing research on international birth adoption narratives and impacts of return trips on children adopted from China. I am also collaborating on a project with colleagues on the differences in learning in large vs. small sections of Oral Communication.
I teach a variety of courses at UNI, primarily in the areas of interpersonal communication, conflict management, and research methods. I also regularly teach UNI's First-Year Cornerstone course and serve as a co-director of that course.
I am actively involved in departmental and university service. For example, I currently co-chair the First-Year Council with Leslie Williams (the Dean of Students). I serve on the University Curriculum Committee and the Liberal Arts Core Committee.
My free time is spent with my husband, two adopted children, and numerous pets.