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White, Cindy Hagemeier Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. White's area of specialization is interpersonal communication with interests in personal relationships, nonverbal behavior, and communication learning. Her research examines how patterns of interaction shape relational processes and how relational transitions impact family communication. She has examined college student-parent communication about money and purchasing. Her work also examines how people learn about communication behavior and what types of difficulties they encounter in enacting communication process; she has explored these processes in bystander situations involving risky college drinking behavior.


  • interpersonal communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, health communication


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courses taught

  • COMM 3510 - Family Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores communication in families from various theoretical perspectives, such as social constructionism, systems theory, and dialectical theory. Communication patterns and processes created and sustained by family members are examined, including rules, roles, stories, rituals, myths, metaphors, themes, and cycles. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4000 - Advanced Topics in Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Analyzes special interest areas of communication theory, research, and practice. Course format involves lecture, discussion, investigative analysis, and practical application. May be repeated twice for credit on different topics. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 3210 and COMM 3300.
  • COMM 4100 - Seminar in Honors Thesis Writing and Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides the opportunity for students writing an honors thesis to develop their understanding of the research process and to improve their research and writing skills.
  • COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • COMM 6200 - Seminar: Selected Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics.


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