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Kristine Knutson, Ph.D.

Kris KnutsonAssistant Professor

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As a communication educator, I ask my students to evaluate the central role that communication plays in their daily lives. Regardless of a student's personal and professional aspirations, an understanding of how to effectively create and decipher messages will help students in their organizations, families, and interpersonal relationships. Thus, I consistently ask my students to connect course material to their own lives as they work to become more competent communicators.

Because I serve as the Basic Course Director in CJ, I primarily teach the basic course (CJ 202-Fundamentals of Speech). Additionally,I teach courses in Interpersonal Communication (CJ 201) and Intercultural Communication (CJ 301).

In terms of my research, I consider myself both an interpersonal (family) and organizational communication scholar as my research is focused on the influences of work on family and vice versa. Specifically, my current research aims to understand how gender as well as an individual's communication style affects relational decisions about the appropriate divisions of paid, household, and childcare labor.

Coming to UWEC was like coming home for me. I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but had most recently been living in Lawrence, Kansas,while working on my M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. When I am not working, I enjoy hanging out with nephews and watching KU basketball and the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.