Courses I've Taught at SUNY New Paltz
Survey of the study of human communication including: the classical origins of the discipline; the value and impact of symbols; the role of communication in human behavior.
Communicating successfully in personal and social relationships. Survey of the human element in communication with a focus on skills in self-assertion, listening, perception, and understanding relationships.
Provides undergraduates with principles and basic skills necessary to criticize research literature; develops minimal proficiencies in structuring designs basic to descriptive and experimental studies, including data collection, analysis, and presentation techniques in communication research.
Analysis of traditional and contemporary theories of communication in context of modern complex organizations (government, industry, education, etc.). Consideration and explication of such pertinent concepts and variables as message, channel, networks, information, information flow, communication climate, communication audit, etc….
This course introduces students to theories, practices, and evaluations of how modern computer technology (3D virtual worlds, internet chatting, instant messaging, texting, online gaming, etc.) is being used to mediate human communication. The course will also focus on how computer-mediated communication impacts communication in a number of specific communication contexts: interpersonal communication (dating, families, friends, etc.), sexual communication, organizational communication, political communication, and health communication.
Leadership and Communication is designed to introduce students to leadership perspectives and the role communication plays in effective leadership and management strategies. The course explores communication variables involved when leaders attempt to influence members to achieve a goal. Topics include power, credibility, motivation, research on leader traits, styles, and situations, and current models of leadership. The different leadership challenges posed by different group and organizational types will also be explored.
Provides upper-level undergraduates with the opportunity to learn how to design instructional training programs beginning with the needs assessment and continuing through the evaluation phase. Students will also learn the theoretical and practical aspects of both instructional communication and workplace learning.
The main objective of this course is to build on the foundation of theory developed in CMM 360 (Organizational Communication I) and investigate current approaches to organizational communication concepts and processes through various analytical lenses. The emphases in this course will be on analysis and research.