Dr. Karen Anderson/Lain
Dr. Karen Anderson-Lain received her doctorate from University of Kansas in 2003 and her masters from Texas Tech University in 1999. Dr. Anderson-Lain joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2004 and left in 2012 to serve as Director of Academic Services with Academic Partnerships, LLC in Dallas. Dr. Anderson-Lain returned to the faculty full time as a Senior Lecturer and Basic Communication Course Director in fall 2014.
As Basic Communication Course Director Dr. Anderson-Lain coordinates the TA Training and Orientation. Dr. Anderson-Lain’s commitment to mentoring new pedagogues is an important component of her teaching and research interests. Dr. Anderson-Lain has been awarded over $26,000 in grants and fellowships for her research on the Basic Communication Course (COMM 1010). Her work in this area has resulted in two peer-reviewed journal articles, publication of an interactive digital textbook, the development of the Communication in Action workbook, and nine conference presentations. Additionally, Dr. Anderson-Lain coordinates Core and Program Assessment for the department.
Dr. Anderson-Lain and her partner, Dr. Brian Lain, have two children.
COMM 1010 Introduction to Communication
COMM 2020 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 3010 Communication Perspectives (Research & Writing Course)
COMM 3320 Communication & Conflict Management
COMM 3620 Intercultural Communication
COMM 4420 Relational Development
COMM 5085 Pedagogy & Communication (graduate)
- Pedagogy and Communication: Online and blended learning; service-learning and community engagement; assessment; instructor’s identity negotiation of “otherness”
- Interpersonal Communication: Communication and Aging; Intergenerational communication; age-stereotypes; grandparent-grandchild relationships; media representations of aging; family communication
Waters, S., & Anderson-Lain, K. (2014). Assessing the student, faculty, and community partner in academic service-learning: An analysis of internet campus compact member surveys. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 18, 89-122.
Anderson, K., & Brown Deel, R. (2012). Drawing connections: Exploring the role of learner-to-learner immediacy in online classrooms. International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, 19, 47-60.
Anderson, K., & May, F. A. (2010). Does the method of instruction matter?: An experimental look at information literacy retention in the online and blended classrooms. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 36, 495-500(Funded by Blended Learning Research Grant/ Selected as Library Instruction Round Table Top Twenty Library Instruction Articles of 2010).
2012 Outstanding Teaching, Communication Organization of Graduate Students, Communication Studies Department, University of North Texas
2011 Top Paper in Instructional Development Communication at National Communication Association (NCA) Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Paper co-authored with Christine Keller)
2011 Library Instruction Round Table Top Twenty Library Instruction Articles of 2010 (Paper co-authored with Frances May)
2010 Media Partner Award for development of “Faces of Arthritis” PSA, North Texas Arthritis Foundation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QalNSrYKJ_U)
2010 Outstanding Teaching, Communication Organization of Graduate Students, Communication Studies Department, University of North Texas