Emphasizing the role that communication plays in both creating and solving family issues, this new edition of Perspectives on Family Communication thoroughly reflects the explosion of research literature in the area of family communication--on such topics as the broadened definition of family; current demographic aspects of family types; and up-to-date references on family theory, storytelling, divorce, and conflict.
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Lynn H. Turner teaches in the College of Communication at Marquette University. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1989. She is the author of several journal articles, books, and book chapters focused on communication studies. She is the recipient of the Marquette University College of Communication Research Award (1998), the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Outstanding Book Award (1997) and Outstanding Article Award (2000). She is guest editor (with Richard West) for a special issue of the Journal of Family Communication and she serves on the editorial board of several communication journals. She is the Vice-President of Central States Communication Association and Past-President of the Family Division of the National Communication Association. Her current research interests include family communication, gendered communication, and communication and relationships.
Richard L. West, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College. He received his B.A. And M.A. from Illinois State University and his Ph.D. from Ohio University. Rich has been teaching since 1994. He began teaching communication theory as a graduate student and has taught the class with enrollments spanning 12-200 students!
He is the Immediate Past President of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA). He is also past Director of the Educational Policies Board of the National Communication Association (NCA) where he also served as a member of NCA’s Executive Committee. In 2000 and 2001, Illinois State University and Ohio University respectively recognized him as “Outstanding Alumnus in Communication.” In 2008, ECA honored him as a Research Fellow. West is the co-author of nearly 40 articles, essays, and monographs, a presenter of over 50 professional papers, and co-editor (with Lynn Turner) of The Family Communication Sourcebook (Sage Publications). West is the co-author of four books in multiple editions (Introducing Communication Theory, Perspectives on Family Communication, Understanding Interpersonal Communication, Gender and Communication). He is also a current member of seven editorial boards in communication studies.
West’s research centers upon a few different areas: communication and pedagogy, communication themes in the contemporary family, and culture, identity, and human relationships. He is completing a study (with Lynn Turner) on the communication patterns of children in lesbian- and gay-headed households. He is also currently analyzing data that examines the influence of family life on classroom participation.
West’s expertise has been featured in a number of mediated outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Toronto Globe and Mail, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, New Hampshire Public Radio, Maine Public Radio, www.cbs.com, among others. In addition to NCA and ECA, West is a member of a number of professional organizations: National Communication Association, American Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and the Religious Communication Association.
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