Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight:  Dr. Jeanne Flora

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         My research interests include family relationships, with a focus on romantic relationship development/maintenance and marital communication.  I am currently a part of NMSU’s Military Family Communication Research team, a group devoted to research and interventions focused on supporting military families as they reintegrate post-deployment.

I am co-author, with Chris Segrin, of Family Communication, a sourcebook which examines state-of-the-art research and theories of family communication and family relationships.  In addition to exploring cutting-edge research, it focuses on classic theories and findings that have influenced and revolutionized the way scholars conceptualize family interaction.  The book is geared toward students and teachers of family communication, as well as professionals who work with families.

My original research can be found in journals such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, and Human Communication Research.  I have also authored review chapters on topics such as marriage and family conflict for the Handbook of Communication Sciences, the Sage Handbook of Family Communication, Communicating Interpersonal Conflict in Close Relationships, and Human Communication in Action.

I teach courses in interpersonal communication, family communication, nonverbal communication, and communication theory.  I love teaching and recently won the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.

I completed my undergraduate degree at Manchester University in 1994 and continued to the University of Kansas for graduate work in Communication Studies (M.A., 1996; Ph.D., 1998).  My dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the Interpersonal Division of the International Communication Association in 1999. I began my career as an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton from 1998-2000.  In 2000, I took a position as Chair of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of  La Verne (ULV).  There I designed and passed through university governance a new major in Speech Communication and also progressed to full professor over my 9 years at ULV.  In 2009, I joined the New Mexico State University Department of Communication Studies.