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It happens every semester. Although I have been teaching since 2001, my nerves are still tested. It's not a negative nervousness, one that impales me or otherwise causes my stomach to turn, but an excitement only topped by seeing a fresh new set of faces. These are the faces of our country's future. They are the citizens that will lead us in the decades to come. With teaching comes a tremendous responsibility, and I don't take that lightly. For me, teaching is a calling, it is more than a career; it is life.
As an undergraduate teacher, I live in two primary "pathways."
1. Professional Communication. Communication skills are vital to professional success. Professional settings require presentation, persuasive, rhetorical, and a range of social skills like listening and small group decision making. Communication skills top lists of skills employers are seeking in college graduates. See here and here for proof!
2. Communication in Human Relationships. Relationships are formed and transformed (for good and ill) through communication. Knowing how to talk to your best friend when she is experiencing a stressful event or how to talk to your parents when they are hounding you about what you will do with your life are vital to navigating these relationships. Communication is key to success in all types of relationships. Want proof? See here and here.
Classes I teach that can assist with your skill development in these areas include:
- CMST 3900 - Communication Mythbusters (Syllabus from Fall 2015)
- CMST 4012 - Communication and Relationships (Syllabus from Spring 2010)
- CMST 4114 - Theories of Human Communication (Syllabus from Spring 2014)
- CMST 4115 - Listening (Syllabus from Spring 2015)
- CMST 4130 - Communication Skills Training and Assessment (General Syllabus)
- CMST 4160 - Persuasion (Syllabus from Fall 2014)
- As part of my visiting professorship at Korea University, I developed three online lectures that unpack the dual-process framework, explaining why persuasive messages work some of the time with some of the people. You can view them on my You Tube channel.
I also offer opportunities to work in the LSU Listening Lab. If you are interested, please see here.
And, if you are interested, here is a link to my teaching evaluations for the past 8 years.
At the graduate level, I teach courses in the board area of Interpersonal Communication. My seminars are challenging but enriching. Some seminars I have taught include:
- CMST 7910 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (Syllabus from Spring 2015)
- CMST 7913 - Philosophical Foundations of CMST (Syllabus from Spring 2012)
- CMST 7915 - Research Methods in IPC (Syllabus from Fall 2012)
- CMST 7915A - Designing Scientific Communication Research (Syllabus from Fall 2013)
Of course, graduate school is about much more than coursework. Graduate students play vital roles on research teams and gain experience collecting, coding, and analyzing data and disseminating those data in the form of conference presentations and academic publications. If you are interested in coming to LSU to study with me, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can chat more!