Faculty Profile for Dr. Michael Edward Burns

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Dr. Michael Edward Burns
Senior Lecturer — Department of Communication Studies
Senior Lecturer — Honors College
CENT 321
phone: (512) 245-5472

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Burns is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and the Honors College and also serves as the CoDirector for the College of Fine Arts and Communication's research program, CoSearch. He teaches large lectures of COMM 1310 and several other courses including: small group communication, interpersonal communication, sport communication, leadership, persuasion, and an honors course titled Re-Humanizing Communication. Dr. Burns currently serves as a Faculty in Residence for the Laurel Honors House, where he lives and works with the Honors and Terry Scholars Living Learning Communities.

Dr. Burns' professional experiences outside of academia include working for NBC’s Today Show at the 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio de Janeiro, and 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. While at the Today Show he works on the production management and logistics team while overseeing their intern program. Dr. Burns also worked as a communication specialist for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Burns is an applied communication researcher and conducts theoretically-based research with practical applications. He has published and presented research in the areas of persuasion, message development, higher education and the college transition, narrative influence, interpersonal communication, and family communication. Dr. Burns uses mix methods in his research. He is an active member of the Central States Communication Association and the National Communication Association.

Research Interests

Applied Communication, Instructional Communication, Assessment, Persuasion, Social Influence, Higher Education , Interpersonal and Family Communication

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Burns, M. E., Houser, M. L., & LeBlanc Farris, K. (2017). Theory of Planned Behavior in the Classroom: An Examination of the Instructor-Confirmation Model. Higher Education, 18, 1–18.
  • Burns, M. E., Farrell, L. C., Pearson, J. C., & Jorgenson, D. (2016). Spirituality’s influence on interpersonal competence and friend group satisfaction. Journal of the Communication, Speech, and Theater Association of North Dakota, 29, 28–41.
  • Burns, M. E. (2015). Recruiting prospective students with stories: How personal stories  influence the process of choosing a university. Communication Quarterly, 63, 99–118. https://doi.org/10.1080/01463373.2014.965838
  • Burns, M. E., & Pearson, J. C. (2011). An exploration of family communication environment, everyday talk, and family satisfaction. Communication Studies, 62, 171–185. https://doi.org/10.1080/10510974.2010.523507
  • Burns, M. E. (2009). Gold medal storytelling: NBC’s hegemonic use of Olympic athlete narratives. Journal of the Communication, Speech, & Theater Association of North Dakota, 22, 19–29.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Chi Alpha National College Honor Society. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Chi Alpha National College Honors Society. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Top Paper Award Communication Education Division, International Communication Association. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Bobcat Preview Namesake, Bobcat Preview. 2016 - 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: John R. Hood Honors Professor of the Year, The Honors College. 2016 - 2017

Selected Grants

  • Burns, Michael Edward, Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc, Burney, Marsha N. TEDxTexasStateUniversity, Common Experience, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: December 2018). Grant.
  • Burns, Michael Edward. Special Olympics of Texas, Research and Training, $7000. (Funded: 2014). Grant.
  • Burns, Michael Edward. Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • Burke, T. J., Burns, Michael Edward. Building a Culture of Health at Work: Assessing and Fostering Supervisor Support, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: December 2017 - December 2018). Grant.
  • Burke, T. J (Principal), Burns, Michael Edward. Investigating Family Communication and Mental Health during the Transition to College, Research Enhancement Grant, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: 2013 - 2014). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

University Mentor
Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholars Program
September 2017-Present
TEDx Committee: Department of Communication Studies, Texas State University
August 2015-Present
CoSearch, Texas State University
October 2014-Present
Faculty in Residence Texas State University
July 2013-Present
PACE Council
August 2017-Present