Sandra Faulkner, Ph.D.


  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 419-372-1998
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  • Address: 404 Kuhlin Center


In my research, writing, and advocacy about close relationships and relational communication, I incorporate theory and research from a variety of interpersonal, sexuality, health, feminist, and culture literatures to interrogate sexualities, identities, and relational expectations and forms.  I focus on the role of culture, discourse, and identities and how these influence relational processes and understandings. I engage with critical qualitative approaches and community-based research projects to examine how individuals negotiate stigmatized and marginalized identities in their relationships and communities and the tensions that must be negotiated. I have expertise in qualitative and critical qualitative methodologies, especially poetic inquiry.  I am interested in critical qualitative approaches to the study of family and interpersonal communication. Recent projects include interrogations into white motherhood, the use of ABR as inclusive pedagogical practice, teacher characteristics and behaviors that create welcoming and inclusive classrooms, and the negotiation of political differences in families.


Ph.D. Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught:

Interpersonal Communication
Relational Communication
Family Communication
Humanistic Research Methods

Vitae in PDF

Select Representative Works:

Faulkner, S. L. (2021). (Ed.). Inside Relationships: Critical Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.

Faulkner, S. L. (2020). Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. *Honorable Mention ICQI (International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry) Best Book Award 2021

Faulkner, S. L. (2018). Real women run: Running as feminist embodiment. New York: Routledge.

Faulkner, S. L. (2021). Buttered Nostalgia: Feeding My Parents during #COVID19.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(6), 1877-1900.

Faulkner, S. L., Watson, W., Pollino, M, & Shetterly, J. (2020). "Treat me like a person, rather than another number": University student perceptions of inclusive classroom practices. Communication Education,70(1), 92-111. DOI: 10.1080/03634523.2020.1812680

Faulkner, S. L. (2018). Crank Up the Feminism: Poetic inquiry as Feminist Methodology. Humanities, 2018, 7(3), 85; *Winner of the 2020 Trujillo and Goodall "It's a way of life" Award in Narrative Ethnography

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