527 Farm House Ln
Courses I am Teaching:
SP CM 212 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking
SP CM 312 – Business and Professional Speaking
SP CM 323 – Gender Communication
M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Northern Iowa
M.Ed. Adult Education, University of Minnesota
B.A. Speech Communication, University of Minnesota
Interpersonal communication, public speaking, gender communication and social media.
About My Teaching:
My teaching philosophy centers on creating a safe, warm, and welcoming atmosphere where students can challenge themselves, enhance their public speaking skills and be creative. I strive to create a positive, fun, and exciting learning environment.
How I came to Teach what I Teach:
While in college, my Speech Communication TA asked me to be her Undergraduate TA because she felt I was called to teach speech. After helping teach a speech class, I discovered that teaching interpersonal communication and public speaking are truly passions of mine. I have taught at the college level for over 16 years.
Chen, S. S., Allaire, N, & Chen, Z. J (2018). Constructing Narratives in Response to Trump’s Election: How Various Populations Make Sense of an Unexpected Victory. Lexington Books, I am currently co-editing and co-writing a chapter in Building Sexual Misconduct Cases Against Powerful Men with Sarina Chen and Joyce Chen to be published in Spring 2019.
I also chaired a presentation at the Iowa Communication Association (ICA) and will chair the State of Iowa Showcase presentation for this research in April, 2019.
Outside of the University…
I have two amazing sons, Austin and Evan, as well as two dogs (Tibby and Janey). I am a huge ISU, U of MN, and Baylor fan. Weekend getaways, drives to Texas, and trips overseas are my favorites. I also enjoy visiting my parents in Minnesota and Florida. My creative outlets include writing, making jewelry, interior design, and fashion. I believe in life-long learning, self-improvement and the development of healthy relationships.