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What was your previous position and where?I came to LSU from the University of Illinois. I was a research associate and finished my doctoral work in communication and social psychology. After coming here, I was also a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
What brought you to LSU?Numerous reasons. In terms of social comparison theory, it was an excellent opportunity compared to other attractive options. Also, LSU is known as a research "jewel" in the South and after living in the Midwest for more than 6 years, I looked forward to the semi-tropical climate, being in the capital city and being at a flagship university. I enjoy working with our graduate and undergraduate students over the years.
What is your research interest?Cognition, intrapersonal and relational communication, mental imagery.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?To continue my work in imagined interactions and intrapersonal communication (e.g., you see this on television when characters have "flashbacks") and continuing the analysis of relational communication in the Matchbox Interaction Lab where we measure the phsyiological arousal of individuals and couples who are doing experimental tasks.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?While it may sound like a cliché, I enjoy interacting with faculty and students at LSU. Personally, I am so proud of LSU that I wish it could return to its "1870" legal name of "The Louisiana State University" which can be found on the "History of LSU" page under the visitors and parents section at www.lsu.edu/visitors/history. In this day of public relations, the definite article in English, "the" clearly designates its flagship status.
What are your major accomplishments?Being granted early promotion and tenure to associate professor in the early 90s. More recently, being recognized by the National Communication Association Social Cognition Division for the Distinguished Book of the Year Award in 2006 for "Imagined Interactions," having another book nominated this year and being appointed co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, in 2009. I have had five exclusive panels devoted to the continuing imagined interaction research program at regional, national and international conferences. Most recently, there was a "spotlight on scholarship" panel convened in Little Rock, Ark., in April 2011, at the annual Southern States Communication Association Convention.