FACULTY

Laura Pollom, PhD

Associate Professor of Communications


College of Arts and Sciences

Chair, Department of Communication and Theatre

Dr. Pollom teaches organizational, team, interpersonal, family, intercultural and business communication courses. Emphasizing service learning, Dr. Pollom’s Organizational and Team Communication course requires students’ involvement with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event hosted annually on Concordia’s campus.

Among her research interests are interpersonal and organizational communication. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2005. 

Degrees

  • PhD, Communication, University of Missouri; Columbia, Mo.
  • MA, Communication, Ball State University; Muncie, Ind.
  • BA, Communication, DePauw University; Greencastle, Ind     

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications:

  • “How much do we really know about equity’s impact on relational communications? Issues in measuring equity in communication research,” (with Hess, J.A., and Fannin, A.D.) Communication Methods and Measures, 3 173-194.

  • “Creating Closeness: Discerning and measuring strategies for fostering closer relationships,” Personal Relationships;  March 2007.

  • “Parent/child distal relationships: A look at communication used before, during, and after a parental absence,”University of Missouri-Columbia; Columbia, Mo., May 2005. 

Presentations:

  • “When your spouse is your co-worker: Managing the work-life boundaries in academic couples,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, November 2009.

  • “How much do we really know about equity’s impact on relational communication? Issues in measuring equity in communication research,” National Communication Association Conference; San Diego, Calif., November 2008.

  • “Distal parent and child relational communication: Pre-separation communication between military and incarcerated parents and their children,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, November 2007.

  • “You want me to teach where? Preparing teacher candidates to serve in culturally and socially different contexts than their own,” Associated Colleges of Illinois’s Center for Success in High-Need Schools; Des Plaines, Ill., September 2007.

  • “Distal parent and child relational communication: Closeness and distancing behaviors between military and incarcerated parents and their children,” National Communication Association conference; San Antonio, Texas, November 2006.

  • “The paradox of the military woman: perceptions of power in the Reserve Office Training Corps,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, November 2004.

  • “An integrated measure of closeness and distance in personal relationships,” International Association for Relationship Research conference; Madison, Wis., July 2004.

  • “Managing the nonresidential parent and child long distant relationship,” International Association for Relationship Research conference; Madison, Wis., July 2004.

  • “Disability and immediacy in the classroom,” National Communication conference; Miami, Fla., November 2003.

  • “A family that prays together stays together: The religious implications of cohabitation, divorce and remarriage,” National Communication Association conference; Miami, Fla., November 2003.

  • “Women with guns: Perceptions of power by women and men,” National Communication Association conference; New Orleans, La., November 2002.

  • “God of war: The rhetorical acceleration of religious dogma during the war on terror,” National Communication Association conference; New Orleans, La., November 2002.

  • “God hates fags: A fantasy theme analysis of anti-gay rhetoric,” Central States Communication Association conference; Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2001.

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty of the Year, Concordia University Chicago, 2008.

Contact

Work: 708-209-3594