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 am currently serving as Director of the Graduate Program at UNI. For information on the graduate program, go to the following link: http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/graduate-program.
I am actively involved in departmental and university service. For example, I currently co-chair the First-Year Council with Jon Buse (the Dean of Students); I serve on the University Curriculum Committee and the Liberal Arts Core Review Steering Committee.
My free time is spent with my husband, two adopted children, and numerous pets. For more information on me, check out my website at http://www.uni.edu/chatham/index.html.