Dr. Pollom teaches organizational, team, interpersonal, family, intercultural and business communication courses.


Her research interests include interpersonal and organizational communication. She has been a member of Concordia-Chicago’s faculty since 2005.


Degrees

  • PhD, Communication - University of Missouri; Columbia, MO
  • MA, Communication - Ball State University; Muncie, IN
  • BA, Communication - DePauw University; Greencastle, IN

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty of the Year, Concordia University Chicago (2008)

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, IL, 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, CA, November 2008.

  • “Distal parent and child relational communication: Pre-separation communication between military and incarcerated parents and their children,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, IL, 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, IL, 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, TX, November 2006.

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

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

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