Sandra Faulkner, Ph.D.


Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-1998 Fax: 419-372-0202
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 sexuality and identity. I focus on the role of culture and relational processes in discussions and discourse about sexuality and stigmatized identities in interpersonal relationships using qualitative and critical research methods. I am interested in how relational processes and goals influence disclosure decisions about sexual information and potentially stigmatizing identities, how the negotiation of identities influences relational health, how larger discourses surrounding identity influence and shape our relational experiences, and how we narrate and re-narrate our experiences for personal and social change.


Ph.D. Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University


Comm 2070 Interpersonal Communication
Comm 3000 Communication Research Methods
Comm 4060 Sexual Communication
Comm 4070 Relational Communication
Comm 4080 Intercultural Communication
MC 7800 Sexual Communication Seminar
MC 7290 Relational Communication Seminar
MC 6530 Interpersonal Communication Seminar
MC 6100 Philosophical Foundations
MC 6400: Humanistic Research Methods


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