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New Lecturer Looks at Interpersonal Communication - Face to Face and in Social Media

Students will see a new face around the Department of Communication this fall. Dr. Steven Brunner, an instructor at the University of Arizona, will join us as a lecturer.
New Lecturer Looks at Interpersonal Communication - Face to Face and in Social Media

Steven Brunner

He was hired after a keenly competitive nationwide search. He earned his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Arizona. A native of South Dakota, he earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from South Dakota State University.

Making theory real

Dr. Brunner will teach these courses in 2016–17:

— CMN 120, “Interpersonal Communication,” in the fall, winter and spring quarters
— CMN 122, “Nonverbal Communication,” fall and winter quarters
— A section of CMN 130, “Group Communication,” in the spring. This new course focuses on group dynamics in professional settings.

Colleagues and undergraduate students at University of Arizona describe Dr. Brunner as a skilled and dedicated educator who actively engages his students in the classroom.

He says he especially enjoys teaching courses in interpersonal communication because the theories and concepts in this domain are so relevant to students’ lives: “I seek to make theoretical concepts come alive to my students by helping them to apply theories to their first-hand experiences. One of my favorite things about teaching college students is the ability to connect with them and watch them grow as students and as people.”

Researches Sharing, Technology and Human Relationships

His research explores the intersection of interpersonal communication and communication technologies. He has investigated how self-disclosure, or sharing personal information, across a wide variety of technologies affects relationships with friends and acquaintances. He also has looked at how people manage self-disclosure at work.

His research has been published in journals such as Communication Research, New Media and Society and The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

“We are delighted that Steven has decided to join us,” said department Chair Robert Bell. “Steven brings to our campus outstanding credentials as an educator and the insights that come from being actively involved in research.”