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Frey, Larry Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Frey conducts applied communication research (specifically, communication activism, communication and community studies, and group communication), using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, to (a) advance his original perspective of communication activism for social justice scholarship, in which communication researchers and teachers, working collaboratively with marginalized/oppressed communities, and with activist groups, use their theories, methods, pedagogies, and other practices to intervene to promote social justice; and (b) understand how participation by people (especially those who are marginalized/oppressed) in collective communicative practices makes a difference in individual and communal lives.


  • Communication, Applied Communication, Communication Activism, Communication and Community, Communication Research Methods, Group Communication, Social Justice


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courses taught

  • COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides an understanding of methods associated with the study of communication in natural settings. Focuses on strategies of collecting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data, including participant observation, in-depth interviewing, textual analysis, and ethnographic narrative. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces empirically oriented research methods in communication, critical review of the logic of social-scientific principles in communication, and analysis of quantitative data. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4510 - Senior Seminar: Interpersonal Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Reviews current theory and research on topics such as strategic interaction, relationship formation and maintenance, and identity and self-presentation. May be taken twice for credit on different topics.
  • COMM 5230 - Applied Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines the study of applications of communication concepts, theories, methods, interventions, and other practices to address real-world issues and problems. Discusses conceptual issues framing applied communication, examines purposes and methods informing such scholarship, and provides opportunity to evaluate and propose research.
  • COMM 6030 - Qualitative Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduction to the epistemology, methodology, and representational practices associated with qualitative communication research. Fieldwork methods emphasized include participant observation, interviewing, and document/artifact analysis.


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