Laura Pollom, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication

Department Chair, Communication and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 708-209-3594

Dr. Pollom teaches organizational, team, interpersonal, family, intercultural and business communication courses. Among her research interests are interpersonal and organizational communication. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2005. 

Degrees

  • PhD, Communication, University of Missouri; Columbia, Mo.
  • MA, Communication, Ball State University; Muncie, Ind.
  • BA, Communication, DePauw University; Greencastle, Ind.     

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications:

  • “How much do we really know about equity’s impact on relational communications? Issues in measuring equity in communication research,” (with Hess, J.A., and Fannin, A.D.) Communication Methods and Measures, 3 173-194.

  • “Creating Closeness: Discerning and measuring strategies for fostering closer relationships,” Personal Relationships;  March 2007.

  • “Parent/child distal relationships: A look at communication used before, during, and after a parental absence,”University of Missouri-Columbia; Columbia, Mo., May 2005. 

Presentations:

  • “When your spouse is your co-worker: Managing the work-life boundaries in academic couples,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, November 2009.

  • “How much do we really know about equity’s impact on relational communication? Issues in measuring equity in communication research,” National Communication Association Conference; San Diego, Calif., November 2008.

  • “Distal parent and child relational communication: Pre-separation communication between military and incarcerated parents and their children,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, November 2007.

  • “You want me to teach where? Preparing teacher candidates to serve in culturally and socially different contexts than their own,” Associated Colleges of Illinois’s Center for Success in High-Need Schools; Des Plaines, Ill., September 2007.

  • “Distal parent and child relational communication: Closeness and distancing behaviors between military and incarcerated parents and their children,” National Communication Association conference; San Antonio, Texas, November 2006.

  • “The paradox of the military woman: perceptions of power in the Reserve Office Training Corps,” National Communication Association conference; Chicago, November 2004.

  • “An integrated measure of closeness and distance in personal relationships,” International Association for Relationship Research conference; Madison, Wis., July 2004.

  • “Managing the nonresidential parent and child long distant relationship,” International Association for Relationship Research conference; Madison, Wis., July 2004.

  • “Disability and immediacy in the classroom,” National Communication conference; Miami, Fla., November 2003.

  • “A family that prays together stays together: The religious implications of cohabitation, divorce and remarriage,” National Communication Association conference; Miami, Fla., November 2003.

  • “Women with guns: Perceptions of power by women and men,” National Communication Association conference; New Orleans, La., November 2002.

  • “God of war: The rhetorical acceleration of religious dogma during the war on terror,” National Communication Association conference; New Orleans, La., November 2002.

  • “God hates fags: A fantasy theme analysis of anti-gay rhetoric,” Central States Communication Association conference; Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2001.

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty of the Year, Concordia University Chicago, 2008.
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