Falon Kartch, Ph.D.

California State University, Fresno Department of Communication

5201 North Maple Ave., Mail Stop SA 46 Fresno, CA 93740-8027

fkartch@csufresno.edu


Education


Doctor of Philosophy, May 2013, Family and Interpersonal Communication

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Department of Communication

Dissertation: Nonresidential Parenting: Parental Roles and Parent/Child Relationships

Advisor: Dr. Lindsay Timmerman

Relevant Coursework: Family Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Understudied Close Relationships; Dark Side of Close Relationships; Conflict and Mediation; Communication Theory

Methodological Expertise: Qualitative Interviewing; Ethnography; Discourse Analysis


Master of Arts, May 2009, Communication Theory

Northern Illinois University, Department of Communication

Thesis: An Ethnographic Examination of Gossip in a Small Organization: Coalitions and Conflict Escalation

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Valde

Relevant Coursework: Interpersonal Communication; Conflict; Ethnography; Qualitative Methods; Quantitative Methods; Organizational Communication; Persuasion; Gender and Communication; Rhetorical Criticism


Bachelor of Arts, May 2007, Communication and Political Science

Northern Illinois University, Departments of Communication & Political Science (Double Major)

Communication Emphasis: Organizational/Corporate Communication Political Science Emphasis: International Politics

Graduated Summa Cum Laude; Upper Division Honors


Teaching Experience


California State University, Fresno, Department of Communication

Associate Professor, Fall 2019 – present Assistant Professor, Fall 2013 – Spring 2019


Department of Communication

Fundamentals of Public Communication (3) Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (4) Communication Theory (100)

Gender Communication (120)

*Developed as a service-learning course in both face-to-face and virtual learning environments

The Dark Side of Close Relationships (152)

*Course developed for the Department of Communication at California State University, Fresno

Family Communication (161)

Interpersonal Communication (162)

Communication and Conflict (169)

The Dark Side of Close Relationships (188T) – Special Topics Course (taught 6 times)

Independent Study (190) – Undergraduate Independent Study

Qualitative Research Methods – Fall 2014

Turning Point Research in Interpersonal Communication – Spring 2016

Gender Communication – Fall 2019

Research Assistantship – Fall 2020 (2 students that serve as my research assistants)

Seminar in Communication – Family Communication (215) – Graduate Seminar Seminar in Communication Research Methods (264M) – Graduate Seminar Seminar in Interpersonal Communication (265) – Graduate Seminar Independent Study (290) – Graduate Independent Study

Qualitative Research Methods – Spring 2016 and Fall 2017 Interpersonal Relationships in Instructional Contexts – Spring 2020 Interpersonal Relationships & Social Justice – Fall 2020


College of Arts & Humanities Honors Program

Arts and Humanities Honors Seminar (AH 101H) – Spring 2022

Arts and Humanities Honors Seminar (AH 100H) – Fall 2021 Theme for the AY: Conflict and Connection


Smittcamp Family Honors College

Global Creativity in the Arts and Humanities (HONOR 101) – Fall 2021

Theme: Creating Intimacy, Connection, and Belonging in Just Relationships


University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Department of Communication

Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2009 – May 2013


Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (101) Fall 2012 – May 2013 (stand alone; Course Director: Dr. Lindsay Timmerman)

Communication in Marital & Family Relationships (401) Fall 2010 – May 2013 (stand alone; Course Director: Dr. Lindsay Timmerman)

Intro to Conflict Resolution/Peace Studies (201) Fall 2009 – Spring 2012 (stand alone; Course Director Dr. Nancy Burrell)


Northern Illinois University, Department of Communication Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2007 – May 2009 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Spring 2007


Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (303) Spring 2009

(assistant to Dr. Betty La France)

Fundamentals of Oral Communication (100) Fall 2007 – Fall 2008 (stand alone; Course Director: Dr. Ferald Bryan)

Theories of Human Communication (404) Spring 2007 (undergraduate teaching assistant to Dr. Arthur Doederlein)

Introduction to Communication Theory (252) Spring 2007 (undergraduate teaching assistant to Dr. Arthur Doederlein)


Invited Class Lectures


California State University, Fresno, Department of Communication

Seminar in Communication Theory (262) Spring 2021

Invited by Dr. Katherine Adams to discuss interpretive research and theory development in a graduate course


California State University, Fresno, Department of Communication

Human Communication Theory (100) Spring 2018

Invited by Dr. Katherine Adams to discuss symbolic interactionism in an undergraduate theory course


California State University, Fresno, Department of Communication

Seminar in Communication Theory (262) Fall 2014

Invited by Dr. Katherine Adams to discuss interpretive, interpersonal communication research in a graduate course


Northern Illinois University, Department of Communication

Methods of Research (691) Fall 2012

Invited by Dr. Betty La France to discuss ethnography in a graduate course

Methods of Research (491) Spring 2008

Invited by Dr. David Henningsen to discuss qualitative methods

Introduction to Communication Theory (252) Spring 2007

Invited by Instructor Jessica Baldwin to discuss various methods for conducting research in communication


Research


In Progress


Kartch, F., & Timmerman, L. (in progress). “When I have him, it is like I have to make up for some lost time:” A symbolic interactionist perspective on nonresidential parenting.

Manuscript in preparation for submission to the Journal of Family Communication.


Kartch, F. (in progress). Menstruation as taboo. In G. Luurs (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Communication Strategies for Taboo Topics. IGI Global. Chapter proposal in preparation.

Publications


Kartch, F., & Lassen, E. (accepted for publication). “I need you to be a good daughter:” Policing daughter compliance through power and dehumanization. In A. Meluch & H. Walter (Eds.), Casing Conflict Communication. Kendall Hunt. (Forthcoming in Spring 2022)


Howard, V., & Kartch, F. (Eds.). (under contract). Gandhi’s Global Legacy: Lessons from Our Modern Times and Moral Challenges. Lexington Books. (Forthcoming in early 2022)


Kartch, F. (under contract). Using nonviolence to strengthen interpersonal connections. In V. Howard & F. Kartch (Eds.), Gandhi’s Global Legacy: Lessons from Our Modern Times and Moral Challenges. Lexington Books. (Forthcoming in early 2022)


Kartch F., & Espinola , A, R. (accepted by editors, under review by publisher). Bringing ethics back to sexual consent: A new embodied relational justice framework for teaching about sexual relationships. In M. Méndez, E. Damer, M. L. Mifsud, & P. Herrera (Eds.), Eradicating Gender Violence: Community-Building and Resistance Through Feminist Pedagogies. Canadian Scholar Women’s Press.


Kartch, F. (in press). Nonresidential mothers. In J. L. Hartenstein (Ed.), Marriage and Divorce in America. Santa Barbra, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Kartch, F. (in press). Nonresidential fathers. In J. L. Hartenstein (Ed.), Marriage and Divorce in America. Santa Barbra, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Kartch, F., & Timmerman, L. (2019). Flying under the radar: Finstas and

nonresidential parenting. In S. S. LeBlanc (Ed.), Casing the Family: Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Understanding Family Communication (pp. 65-74). Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.


Kartch, F. (2017). Narrative interviewing. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods (pp. 1072-1075). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Kartch, F., & Valde, S. K. (2016). “A cat fight in the office:” The use of gossip as a means of resource control. In E. Gilchrist-Petty & S. D. Long (Eds.), Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication (pp. 87-98). New York: Peter Lang.


Kartch, F., & Timmerman, L. (2015). Nonresidential parenting and new media technologies:

A double-edged sword. In C. Bruess (Ed.), Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media (pp. 447-468). New York: Peter Lang.


Burrell, N., Kartch, F., Allen, M., & Hill, C. (2014). A meta-analysis of demand/withdraw interaction patterns. In N. Burrell, M. Allen, R. Preiss, and B. Gayle (Eds.), Managing interpersonal conflict: Advances through meta-analysis (pp. 297-314). Mahwah, NJ: Routledge.


Allen, M., Dilbeck, K., England, N., Herrman, A., Kartch, F., Kim, J., Kulovitz, K., Lau, A., Maier, M., May, A., McNallie, J., & Omori, K. (2014). Test of a causal model for sexual harassment using data from a meta-analysis. In N. Burrell, M. Allen, R. Preiss, and B. Gayle (Eds.), Managing interpersonal conflict: Advances through meta-analysis (pp. 94- 105). Mahwah, NJ: Taylor and Francis.


Kartch, F. (2013). Book review: Rachel Taylor & Lynsey Gozna’s Deception: A young person’s life skill. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 230-234. doi: 10.1177/0261927X12470948


Henningsen, D. D., Kartch, F., Orr, N., & Brown, A. (2010). The perceptions of verbal and nonverbal flirting cues in cross-sex interactions. Human Communication, 12, 371-381.


Conference Presentations Competitively Selected Papers

Kartch, F., Adams, K. L., Cardenas, A., Chapman, M., Flores, I., Grauer, S., Pereira, M., Schulte, T., & Foster, D. (under review for 2021, November). “Fairness is kinda a weird thing:” A social justice approach to understanding post-divorce coparenting during a global pandemic. Paper under review for the National Communication Association Convention in Seattle, WA. (Family Communication Division)


Rowen, A. E., & Kartch, F. (2018, July). Love stories: A narrative look at how couples jointly construct love in romantic relationships. Paper presented at the International Association of Relationship Research Conference, Fort Collins, CO.


Kartch, F., Cavallero, D., & Tenzek, K. E. (2015, November). The struggle of nonresidential mothers: A standpoint exploration. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV. (Family Communication Division)


Kartch, F., & Timmerman, L. (2014, November). “It is just important to be there any way that you can”: The role of the nonresidential parent. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL. (Family Communication Division)


Kartch, F., & Timmerman, L. (2014, February). Nonresidential parenting and parent/child relationships. Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association Convention, Anaheim, CA. (Interpersonal & Family Division)


Kartch, F. (2013, November). The development of ‘feeling like a family’ in stepsibling relationships: An exploration of an ambiguous relationship. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C. (Family Communication Division)

Kartch, F., & Zmyslinski-Seelig, A. (2013, November). I’m gay, but don’t tell…”Coming out, negotiation of ownership, and identity formation. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Washington D.C. (Family Communication Division)


Kartch, F., & Herrman, A. (2012, November). ‘I don’t know how to say this, but…’: Coming out to the family. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL. (Family Communication Division)


Kartch, F., & Tenzek, K. (2012, November). ‘I wish someone knew the pain that I feel’: The voices of nonresidential mothers. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL. (Family Communication Division)


Kartch, F. (2012, November). Glee-fully creating gender trouble and exposing the politics of homosexuality. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL. (Feminist & Women’s Studies Division)


Kartch, F., & Tenzek, K. E. (2012, July). ‘The pain I feel is worse than death’: Alienation, power, and the struggle for interpersonal relationships in the narratives of nonresidential mothers. Paper presented at the International Association for Relationship Research Convention, Chicago, IL.


Kartch, F. (2011, November). Turning points in the development of “family” in stepfamilies.

Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA. (Family Communication Division)


Maier, M., Turkiewicz, K., Kartch, F., Dindia, K., & Allen, M. (2011, November). Sex differences in same-sex friendships: A meta-analysis. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA. (Interpersonal Communication Division)


Herrman, A., Omachinski, K., Kartch, F., & Burrell, N. (2011, November). The displacement of blame in conflict: The use of internal and external attributions in The Real Housewives of New York City. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA. (Peace & Conflict Division)


Ahn, S., Dilbeck, K., Glocka, J., Grimes, D., Herrman, A., Kartch, F., Maier, M., Maloney, J., Omori, K., Stache, L., Tenzek, K., Zoromski, A., Burrell, N. (2011, November).

Managing conflict while owning a small business: Saving face and figure in a health club. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA. (Peace & Conflict Division)


Kartch, F. (2011, October). “Maybe I forgive you and maybe I don’t”: Relational transgressions and forgiveness as portrayed in The Vampire Diaries. Paper presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI.


Kartch, F. (2010, October). Finding conflict in LOST: Escalation, destruction, and violence.

Presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN.


Kartch, F. (2009, November). ‘Live from New York… It’s parody and the female political candidate. Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (Feminist & Women’s Studies Division)


Kartch, F. (2009, February). Conflict escalation: Coalitions and gossip. Presented at the Chicago Ethnography Conference, Evanston, IL.


Kartch, F. (2008, October). Transitioning in the wake of change: An ethnography of a small organization. Presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.


Kartch, F. (2007, April). Yakety yak they do talk back: An ethnographic look at talk in a museum.

Presented at the Chicago Ethnography Conference, DeKalb, IL.


Panels


Kartch, F. (under review for 2021, November). Where parenting meets the law: How legal documents create and constrain post-divorce parenting practices. Panelist for a panel under review for the National Communication Convention, Seattle, WA. (co-sponsored by the Family Communication Division and the Legal Communication Division)


Kartch, F. (underreview for 2021, November). Transforming health disparities with communication: Social justice through service-learning. Panelist for a panel under review for the National Communication Convention, Seattle, WA. (Experiential Learning in Communication Division)


Kartch, F. (2017, November). A collaborative model of church leadership. Panel moderator at the Commission on the Status and Role of Women’s Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, Manteca, CA.


Kartch, F. (2016, February). The interpretive mixer: Three papers one paradigm. Panel chair at the Western States Communication Association Convention, San Diego, CA.


Kartch, F. (2012, November). Are you gay? The application of GPA to sexual orientation inquiries. Panelist at the National Communication Association Convention, Orlando, FL.


Kartch, F. (2011, November). An ethnographic examination of gossip in a small organization: Coalitions and conflict escalation. Panelist at the National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA. (Peace & Conflict Division)


Kartch, F. (2010, November). Twilight takes a bite out of feminism. Panelist at the National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.


Competitively Selected Poster Sessions


Kartch, F., & Adams, K. L. (2020, August). Relational justice in coparenting relationships: No, its not just a relationship. Paper to be presented at the International Association of Relationship Research Conference, London, UK. [postponed to Summer 2021 due to COVID-19]


Kartch, F. (2016, November). “Feeling like a family”: The argument for a social scientific construct. Paper to be presented in a scholar-to-scholar poster session at the National Communication Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.


Invited Presentations


Kartch, F. (2020, May). This collective moment. Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2019, November). Walk me home. Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2019, September). Talking family into being: Nonresidential parent/child relationships. Invited research presentation for the Department of Child and Family Sciences faculty and students, California State University, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2019, May). Mom! There are monsters under my bed. Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2018, December). Waking beauty. Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2018, June). Taking pride in belonging. Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2018, February). Embracing the shadow: The lesson professor Snape taught me.

Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2017, October). You gotta have your own walkin’ money. Invited speaking engagement at New Thought Community, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2016, March). Noncustodial mothering: Mothering on the fringes. Invited research presentation for the Women’s History Month Brown Bag Series Sponsored by the Women’s Student Program. California State University, Fresno.


Kartch, F. (2014, September). “It is just important to be there any way that

you can”: The role of the nonresidential parent. Invited research presentation for the Department of Communication Faculty Forum, California State University, Fresno.

Service


Service to the Department


Committee Member, Department Search Committee (Director of Forensics Search), California State University, Fresno, Fall 2019 – Spring 2020


Committee Member, Department Research Committee, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2015 – present

Committee Chair, Spring 2015 – Spring 2018


Committee Member, Department Scholarship Committee, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2013 – present

Committee Chair, Fall 2019 – Fall 2020


Committee Member, Department Curriculum Committee, California State University Fresno, Fall 2013 – Spring 2018


Department Social Media Coordinator, California Sate University, Fresno, Fall 2014 – Fall 2015


Reviewer, Graduate Writing Requirement, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2020 Reviewer, Graduate Writing Requirement, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2019 Reviewer, Graduate Writing Requirement, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2018 Graduate Coordinator, California State University Fresno, Fall 2016 – Summer 2017

Committee Member, Graduate Teaching Associate Committee, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2016 – Summer 2017


Committee Member, Department Convocation Organizing Committee, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016


Undergraduate Coordinator, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2015 – Summer 2016


Committee Member, Department Search Committee (Organizational Communication Search), California State University, Fresno, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016


Reviewer, Graduate Writing Requirement, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2014


Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Epsilon Chapter, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2014 – Spring 2016


Reviewer, Graduate Writing Requirement, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2013


Graduate Student Committees


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Erica Lassen, 2019 – present

Thesis Title: Mother-Daughter Communication: Conflict, Fairness, and Dehumanization


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Comprehensive Examination Committee (Communication) Stevie Grauer, 2020 – present


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Comprehensive Examination Committee (Communication) Dion Foster, 2019 – present

Comps Paper Title: The Story of Black Trans Women: Using Twitter to Create Counter-Narratives


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Isabella Flores*, 2020 – 2021 (Completed)

Thesis Title: A Mother’s Agency to Reveal or Conceal their Cannabis Use

*Accepted an offer for admission, with full funding, to the doctoral program in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University-Tempe (starting August 2021)


Committee Member, Fresno State Master’s Project Committee (Communication) Adriana Cardenas, 2020 – 2021 (Completed)

Project Title: Applying Universal Design for Learning and Performance Pedagogy to the Interpersonal Communication Classroom


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Comprehensive Examination Committee (Communication) Carli Alvarez*, 2019 – 2020 (Completed)

Comps Paper Title: The Viability of Communication Accommodation Theory in Interpersonal Transgender Communication Studies

*Accepted and offer for admission, with full funding, to the doctoral program in the Department of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University (starting August 2021)


Committee Member, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Samantha Ratzlaff, 2019 – 2020 (Completed)

Thesis Title: Politics in the Classroom: A Qualitative View of Student Perceptions of Instructors Who Express Political Attitudes


Committee Member, Fresno State Master’s Comprehensive Examination Committee (Communication)

Alyssa Espinola, 2018 – 2019 (Completed)

Comps Paper Title: Communication Dynamics of Sexual Consent: A Relational Dialectics Theory Approach to Sexual Ethics

Chair, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Nicole Vulich, 2014 – 2019 (Completed)

Thesis Title: “I Feel Like It’s Almost Deeper Than Family in a Way”: Creation and Maintenance of Voluntary Kin Relationships


Committee Member, Fresno State Master’s Comprehensive Examination Committee (Communication)

Wyatt Mitchell, Spring 2017 – 2018 (Completed)

Comps Paper Title: Grief Communication in Families


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Braedon Worman*, 2014 – 2018 (Completed)

Thesis Title: Revelation and Revelation: The Development and Utilization of Privacy Rules by Individuals in Exclusivist Christian Families that have Adopted Significantly Different Religious Beliefs

*Accepted an offer for admission, with full funding, to the doctoral program in the Department of Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (anticipated graduation Fall 2021)


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Daniel Cavallero, 2014 – 2017 (Completed)

Thesis Title: Choose Your Identity: Gender Identity Formation through Video Game Characters

*Accepted for admission, with full funding, to the doctoral program in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Chair, Fresno State Master’s Thesis Committee (Communication) Amanda Rowen, 2014 – 2017 (Completed)

Thesis Title: Love Stories: A Narrative Look at How Couples Jointly Construct Love in Romantic Relationships


Committee Member, Fresno State Master’s Project Committee (Communication) Elise Barba, 2016 – 2017 (Completed)

Project Title: Guiding Resources for the GTA Coordinator: A Research-Based Manual


Committee Member, Fresno State Master’s Project Committee (Communication) Lisa Plasencia, 2014 – 2015 (Completed)

Project Title: Symbolic Interactionism and Body Image: A Workshop Project


Graduate and Undergraduate Student Mentees


Faculty Mentor, The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Braedon Worman, 2018 – present


Faculty Supervisor, Independent Study (COMM 190) Adrian Carli, Fall 2017

Adrian took this independent study in order to further develop a paper she wrote in my Family Communication course (COMM 161) in Spring 2018. After our independent study, she presented her independent study at a conference:


Carli, A. (2018, February). Mourning the living: Grieving a transgender relative’s previous gender identity. Presented at the Western States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Santa Clara, CA.


Faculty Mentor, College of Arts & Humanities Honor’s Program Jacob Sandoval, Spring 2018 – Fall 2018


Service to the College


Committee Member, College of Arts and Humanities Development Committee, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2019 – present


Committee Member, College of Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2016 – Spring 2019


Service to the University


Senator, Academic Senate, California State University, Fresno, April 2020 – December 2020


Committee Member, Academic Standards & Grading Subcommittee, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2020 – December 2020 (elected for reappointment beginning Fall 2021)


Committee Member, University Academic Advising Sub-Committee, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2015 – Spring 2017


Service to the Discipline


Conference Paper Reader

National Communication Association Convention, Interpersonal Communication Division: 2021

National Communication Association Convention, Family Communication Division: 2014, 2018

National Communication Association Convention, Peace and Conflict Division: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Western States Communication Association Convention, Interpersonal and Family Communication Division Interest Group: 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 Undergraduate Research Conference, Western States Communication Association Convention: 2016, 2018

Aus-New Zealand Communication Association Convention, Gender Communication Division, March 2018 (invited reader)


Committee Member, Subcommittee on Mentorship. Interpersonal Communication Interest Group, Western States Communication Association Convention, February 2020 – present


Secretary, Interpersonal Communication Interest Group, Western States Communication Association, February 2018 – February 2020


Committee Member, Sandra Petronio Dissertation Excellence Award Committee, Family Communication Division, National Communication Association, Summer 2018


Division Secretary, Family Communication Division, National Communication Association, November 2015 – November 2017


Panel Chair, Peace and Conflict Division, National Communication Association Convention, November 2011


Panel Chair, Television Division, Midwest Popular Culture Association Convention, October 2010


Service to the Community


Curriculum Consultant, How To Be An Antiracist, New Thought Community, Fresno, CA

*Invited to consult on the develop of curriculum for an 8-week course on How To Be An Antiracist for ministerial staff and other interested parties


Organizer, Menstrual Donation Drive Collaboration with Better Period (local grassroots initiative), Fresno, CA, Fall 2020

*Fall 2020 COMM 120 course is sponsoring Better Period and assisting them with a virtual donation drive, the development of media content, and facilitating interviews and focus groups with local community partners to determine the most immediate needs for local menstruators


Organizer, Menstrual Donation Drive Collaboration with Better Period (local grassroots initiative), Fresno, CA, Fall 2019

*Fall 2019 COMM 120 courses sponsored and organized a menstrual product donation drive for Better Period


Immediate Past President, Board of Trustees, New Thought Community, Fresno, CA, Spring 2020 – Spring 2021


President, Board of Trustees, New Thought Community, Fresno, CA, Spring 2019 – Spring 2020


Vice–President, Board of Trustees, New Thought Community, Fresno, CA, Spring 2018 – Spring 2019

Guest Speaker, “From ‘Difficult Conversations’ to ‘Learning Conversations’ Transforming Difficulty into Opportunity,” Fresno Collaborative Law Practice Business Group, Fresno, CA, Fall 2015

Honors & Awards


Provost Award Nominee, Excellence in Teaching, Spring 2020 Fresno State Talks Nominee, Academic Year 2013-2014

Amelia Lucas Trust Scholarship, awarded to provide funding for dissertation research, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Fall 2012


Paul K. Crawford Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, Northern Illinois University, 2009 Women’s Studies Graduate Research Paper Award, Northern Illinois University, Spring 2009

Honorary Year Membership to NCA, awarded to one Graduate student per year from the Department of Communication faculty at Northern Illinois University, 2008-2009


Department of Communication Outstanding Major, Northern Illinois University, 2007 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2007-2008

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, 2007-2008


Presidential Scholarship for Outstanding Public Service in Political Science, 2006-2007 Inez H. Nelson Family Scholarship in International Relations, 2006-2007

Outstanding Woman Student, Northern Illinois University, 2007


Professional Affiliations


Organization for Research on Women and Communication, Spring 2017 – present Western States Communication Association, September 2013 – present

National Communication Association, September 2008 – present

International Association for Relationship Research, March 2012 – March 2013, Spring 2020 – present

Midwest Popular Culture Association, September 2008 – September 2012 Central States Communication Association, February 2009 – February 2010

Professional Development


Service-Learning Training


Virtual Service-Learning Professional Development Seminar, Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, California State University, Fresno, Summer 2020

*competitively selected for participation; included grant award of $250


Service-Learning Development Grant & Seminar, Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2020

*competitively selected for participation; included grant award of $650


Online Instructional Training


Advanced QTL Course in Teaching Online, California State University, Fresno, Summer 2021


ACUE Course in Effective Online Teaching Practices, Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and co-endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE), Fresno State, Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 – Certification Completed


Assessment and Universal Design in Online Teaching, Parts 3 & 4 of the Online Instruction Certifications, Fresno City College, Spring 2021 – Fully certified to teach online at Fresno City College


10-10-10: Communication Matters, Part Two of the Online Instruction Certification, Fresno City College, Spring 2021


OK Zoomer, Using Zoom to Teach During a Pandemic, workshop created and presented by Douglas Shaw, Summer 2020


Q1: Introduction to Teaching Online, California State University, Fresno, Summer 2020


Introduction to Online Course Design, Part One of the Online Instruction Certification, Fresno City College, Spring 2020


Faculty Learning Community


How to Write a Scholarly Article in 12 Weeks, Center for Scholarly Advancement of Learning & Teaching, California State University, Fresno, Academic Year 2013-2014


Classroom Instructional Training


Straight Talk about Teaching Communication Research Methods, Short Course, National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2014


Teaching the College Course in Communication Theory, Short Course, National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2013


Classroom Instructional Workshop, Transforming Grading, Evaluation Practices, and Rubrics to Encourage Better Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), California State University, Fresno, Fall 2013


Classroom Instruction Book Discussion, Academically Adrift, Center for Instructional and Professional Development Book Discussion Series, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Summer 2012


Classroom Instruction Workshop, First Day Strategies, Center for Instructional and Professional Development Workshop Series, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Summer 2012


Classroom Instruction Workshop, Low Stakes Assessment, Center for Instructional and Professional Development Workshop Series, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Fall 2011


Classroom Instruction Workshop, Beyond Techniques: Easily Adapt Your Course Session to Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle, Center for Instructional and Professional Development Workshop Series, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Fall 2011


Methodological Training


Evidencing Interpretation, Theory-Building, and Claim-Making in Qualitative Inquiry, Preconference with Sarah Tracy at the Western States Communication Association Convention, Spring 2019


Qualitative Data Analysis: The Backstage Steps of Crafting Qualitative Evidence, Preconference with Sarah Tracy at the Western States Communication Association Convention, Spring 2019


Organizing, Analyzing, and Coding Qualitative Data: Creating a Path Through the Maze, Short Course with Dr. Sarah Tracy at the National Communication Association Convention, Fall 2015


Qualitative Methods Workshop, Qualitative Methods in Social Research: Rationale, Examples, and Pitfalls, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Summer 2011


Research Assistant for Dr. Kathleen Valde, Northern Illinois University, Spring 2009


Research Team Member for Dr. David Henningsen, Fall 2008 and Fall 2009

Diversity and Inclusion Training


Diversity Training, Training as Part of the University’s Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with Dr. James Steven Manseau Sauceda, California State University, Fresno, Fall 2014


Other Certifications and Training


Dare to Lead Workshop, Organizational Excellence, California State University, Fresno, Spring 2020

Leadership training based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown


Safe Space Certification, LGBT Resource Center, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, January 2013

Workshop on how to serve as an ally for LGBT+ students on campus and within the larger community