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
COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Learn to collect and analyze qualitative data (interviews, observations, focus groups) in order to answer research questions about communication and society. Focuses on research that investigates meaning, understanding, process, and interpretation in order to enhance our knowledge of human interaction. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Introduces empirical communication research. Students develop skills in collecting data and analyzing statistical research. Students conduct an original research project applying numerical analysis to communication behavior. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 4510 - Senior Seminar: Interpersonal Communication
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
Requires students to synthesize and demonstrate what they've learned in the major. Please refer to the specific description listed for the current semester. Each seminar will vary greatly in format and content.
COMM 5230 - Applied Communication
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
Introduction to the epistemology, methodology, and representational practices associated with qualitative communication research. Fieldwork methods emphasized include participant observation, interviewing, and document/artifact analysis.