Communication

The Department of Communication's undergraduate and graduate academic programs embrace a common mission: to fortify the intellectual and social skills necessary for effective human communication. The focus is on oral, written, and mediated communication skills that are essential in both professional and personal lives.

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Samter, Wendy

Wendy Samter

Professor, Communication
Faculty Suite H, Room 217
wsamter@bryant.edu

My teaching interests are varied. At the undergraduate level, I feel equipped to teach a range of courses including: communication theory, theories of interpersonal communication, research methods and statistics, small group communication, communication in intimate relationships, communication and conflict management, family communication, persuasion and social influence, and public speaking. Having had administrative experience (a) directing a large, multi-section communication fundamentals course and (b) serving as Internship Director, I would be comfortable directing and coordinating similar courses. At the graduate level, I am most interested in teaching courses in the areas of interpersonal communication theory, research methods and statistics, and communication and intimate relationships.

Research clearly demonstrates that communication skills (e.g., conflict management, emotional support, etc.) are important correlates of individuals’ relational success, satisfaction, and physical and psychological well-being in a variety of relationships across the life-span (e.g., parent-child relationships, dating relationships, same-sex friendships in both childhood and adolescence, cross-sex friendships, etc.). I am currently involved in three lines of research designed to flesh out the nature of these associations. One line of research examines how individual differences in social cognition, beliefs about the role communication skills play in relationships, and skill performance influence a person’s ability to initiate and maintain successful interpersonal relationships. The second line of research explores how definitions and enactments of relevant communication skills vary as a function of age, ethnicity, relationship type, and context. My third (and most recent) line of research has taken me what I consider to be more applied areas: (1) the role of prayer and religion in coping with stressful life events; and (2) social marketing and skill remediation.

  • Association for Teaching Family Science
  • Central States Communication Association
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • International Network on Personal Relationships
  • International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships
  • National Communication Association
  • Southern Speech Association
  • Western States Communication Association
  • 2013, Distinguished Faculty Member, Bryant University
  • 2009, First Recipient, “Since 1863 Faculty Award” for “Dedication and Commitment to Making Bryant a Better Place,” Bryant University
  • 2006, Awarded Omicron Delta Kappa, Bryant University
  • 2006, Excellence in Teaching Award, Bryant University
  • 1999, Mortar Board Distinguished Faculty Member, University of Delaware

Haslett, B., Samter, W., Interaction between parents and infants, Wiley.

Haslett, B., Samter, W., Parent-infant communication, Peter Lang.

MacGeorge, E., Samter, W., Coding emotional support interactions.

McClure, K., Donahue, J., Trunzo, J., Samter, W., Morse, C., Volkman, J., An Examination of the Relationship between Social Problem Solving and Emotion Dysregulation: Implications for Problem-Solving Therapy., Journal of College Counseling.

Morse, C., Samter, W., Volkman, J., Trunzo, J., College students’ use of energy drinks, social problem solving and academic performance, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs/Taylor & Francis, 2014.

Morse, C., Volkman, J., Samter, W., Trunzo, J., The Influence of Uncertainty and Social Support on Information Seeking Concerning Illicit Stimulant Use Among Young Adults, Health Communication/Taylor & Francis, 2013.

Samter, W., Whaley, B., Morse, C., Do we need to put god into emotional support?: A comparison of Euro-Americans' and African-Americans' evaluations of religious versus non-religious comforting messages, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 2013.