Courses Taught

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Current Courses at Santa Clara University:

COMM 1: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

An overview of the communication process, issues, and theories explaining behaviors in human relationships, with an emphasis on linking our perceptions, thoughts, and feelings to those of our communication partners. Topics typically include the power of language, nonverbal communication, deception, persuasive communication, gender differences in communication, small group communication, and intercultural communication.

COMM 110: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

Provides students with an overview to communication as a social science and to methods for analyzing communication content, media audiences, and interpersonal communication practices. Topics include the fundamentals of research design, ethics, measurement, sampling, data analysis, and statistics. Students analyze research studies and learn the fundamentals of writing a literature review and generating scientific predictions based on existing research. Through hands-on assignments students gain experience in concept measurement, research design, and data analysis.

COMM 151A: Organizational Communication

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles of communication in organizations. Specifically, the class will explore the role of communication in achieving organizational and individual goals, theory and practice of communication in organizations, and techniques to enhance understanding among individuals in organizations. A variety of organizations will be explored including corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and social/fraternal organizations. Practical application of contemporary theories will provide students with the skills needed for successful communication in their current and future organizations. Topics will include the role of organizational culture, conflict management, work/life balance, human resource management, stress, globalization and the role of social justice in the contemporary organization.

COMM 176A: The Biology of Human Communication

In this course, we will examine the ways in which human communication affects, and is affected by, processes that occur in our bodies. We will start by exploring the basic anatomy of the human body as it relates to communication, including the brain, nervous system, facial musculature, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, and the immune system. From there, we will explore how those body systems are implicated in a range of communicative phenomena, including emotion, conflict, stress, burnout, interpersonal relationships, social structure, organizational culture, relationship satisfaction, and sexual behavior. Finally, we will explore the impact of innovative healthcare treatments that utilize communication interventions, including providing social support, human affection, and organizational development.

Former Courses:

Arizona State University
COM 130: Small Group Communication
COM 250: Introduction to Organizational Communication
COM 308: Advanced Research Methods in Communication
COM 300: Organizational Communication for Non-majors
COM 300S: Special Topics in Organizational Communication
COM 408: Quantitative Data Analysis (Advanced Methods & Statistics)
COM 450: Seminar in Organizational Communication

California State University, Long Beach
COM 110: Interpersonal Communication
COM 130: Essentials of Public Speaking
COM 131W: Argumentation Workshop
COM 132: Small Group Communication
COM 220: Elements of Organizational Communication


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