Faculty Profile for Dr. Kristen Nacole LeBlanc Farris

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Dr. Kristen Nacole LeBlanc Farris
Senior Lecturer — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 326
phone: (512) 245-2165

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Kristen Farris is a Senior Lecturer and serves as the course director for the fundamentals of human communication (COMM 1310) course. In this role, she is responsible for hiring, training, scheduling, and managing the COMM 1310 teaching team members. Dr. Farris co-authored materials, along with Dr. Marian Houser, about the COMM 1310 program and were awarded with the Program of Distinction Award in 2010 and the Program of Excellence Award in 2011 from the National Communication Association. Dr. Farris teaches large lecture sections of COMM 1310 and several other courses including: interpersonal communication, communication theory, empirical research methods, practicum in instructional communication, and health communication.

Dr. Farris’s research interests center on the ways in which individuals use communication to cope with difficult relational events, life stressors, or chronic illnesses and how partners’ communication influences relational, psychological, and physiological outcomes. She is also interested in studying instructor-student communication and assessment of student communication competency. Dr. Farris has received a number of top paper and top paper panel awards (in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2017) from the Central States Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, and the International Communication Association. Dr. Farris has also published her research in the Basic Communication Course Annual and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.

Research Interests

Interpersonal and Health Communication
Instructional Communication
Supportive Communication
Coping with Chronic, Invisible Illnesses
Dyadic and Longitudinal Analyses of Relational and Health Outcomes
Assessment of Communication Programs

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Donovan, E. E., & Farris, K. N. L. (n.d.). Interpersonal Communication and Coping with Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Theoretical Review of the Literature. Communication Theory.
  • 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.
  • Farris, K. L., Houser, M. L., & Hosek, A. N. (2018). Historical roots and trajectories  of instructional communication. In Handbook of instructional communication.
  • Burke, T. J., Segrin, C., & Farris, K. N. L. (2018). Young adult and parent perceptions of facilitation: Associations with overparenting, family functioning, and student adjustment. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 233–247. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2018.1467913
  • Farris, K. L., & Donovan, E. E. (n.d.). Interpersonal communication and coping: A multidisciplinary theoretical review of the literature. Communication Theory. https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qty026

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Teaching Award, College of Fine Arts and Communication. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi Honor Society. May 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Top Student Paper Award, International Communication Association, Instructional Development Division. May 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Alpha Chi Honor Society. May 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Center for Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity Research Start-up Winning Team, Texas State University. 2015

Selected Grants

  • Burns, Michael Edward, Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc, Burney, Marsha N. TEDxTexasStateUniversity, Common Experience, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: December 2018). Grant.
  • Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc (Supporting), Fox, Rebekah L (Principal), Roundtree, Aimee Kendall (Co-Principal). Bridging the Classroom and the Clinic: Communication Skills Training for Certified Nursing Assistants, Texas State University, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: 2015). Grant.
  • Dailey, Stephanie Layne (Principal), Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc (Co-Principal). Memorable Messages of First-Generation College Students, Research Enhancement Grant, Texas State University, $14900. (Funded: 2019 - 2020). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Graduate Faculty Mentoring/Orientation Subcommittee
September 2018-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Communication Education
September 2018-Present
General Education Council Vision Subcommittee
April 2018-Present
Family Campaign
February 2018-Present
Department of Housing and Residential Life
July 2017-Present