Faculty Profile for Dr. Kristen Nacole LeBlanc Farris

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Dr. Kristen Nacole LeBlanc Farris
Assistant Professor — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 326
phone: (512) 245-1359

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Kristen Farris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017, where she studied interpersonal communication at the intersections of health and instructional communication. Her interpersonal and health communication scholarship centers on the ways in which individuals use communication to cope with chronic illnesses or life stressors and how interactants' communication influences their psychosocial outcomes. Her interpersonal and instructional communication scholarship focuses on instructor-student communication in the classroom, student adjustment to college, and assessment of student communication competency.

Dr. Farris earned the Abbi Prestin Dissertation of the Year Award in 2018 from the Health Communication Divisions of the International and National Communication Associations for her work exploring romantic partners’ supportive communication in the context of arthritic and rheumatic diseases. She has also received a number of top paper and top paper panel awards (in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018) from the Central States, Eastern, National, and International Communication Associations. Dr. Farris’s research appears in journal outlets such as: Communication Theory, the Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Adolescence, Basic Communication Course Annual, Higher Education, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.

Dr. Farris is also a passionate and award-winning instructor. She earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020 and along with the COMM 1310 (Foundations of Human Communication) teaching team, was awarded with the National Communication Association’s Program of Distinction Award in 2010 and the Program of Excellence Award in 2011. Dr. Farris teaches large lecture sections of COMM 1310 and several other undergraduate courses including: communication theory, empirical research methods, practicum in instructional communication, and health communication. At the graduate level, Dr. Farris teaches courses in quantitative research methods, the dark side of communication, and instructional communication. Finally, Dr. Farris co-leads an Education Abroad trip each summer where graduate and undergraduate students take communication coursework in London and Paris.

Research Interests

Interpersonal and Health Communication
Interpersonal and Instructional Communication
Supportive Communication
Communicative Coping
Instructor-Student Communication
Student Adjustment to College

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Houser, M. L., Farris, K. N. L., Kauer, T., & Carpenter Kennedy, L. (n.d.). The road to hel(l)icopter  teaching: How do instructors make sense of their helicopter teaching behaviors and student effects? Qualitative Research Reports in Communication., https://doi.org/10.1080/17459435.2020.1853209.
  • Burns, M. E., Farris, K. N. L., Paz, M. A., & Dyhre, S. D. (n.d.). Thriving Instead of Surviving: The Role of the Reasoned Action Model in Assessing the Basic Course. Basic Communication Course Annual.
  • Donovan, E. E., & Farris, K. L. (2019). Interpersonal communication and coping: A multidisciplinary theoretical review of the literature. Communication Theory, 29(2), 236–256. https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/qty026
  • 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
  • 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.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Research Start-up Winning Team, Center for Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. October 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Teaching Award, College of Fine Arts and Communication. August 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Second Place Research Team, CoSearch Research Competition. 2018

Selected Grants

  • Burns, Michael Edward, Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc, Burney, Marsha N. TEDxTexasStateUniversity, Common Experience, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: December 2018). 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.
  • DeMuynck, Jacqueline Patrice (Principal), Head, Katherine Michelle (Co-Principal), Galarza, Jason Lee (Co-Principal), Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc (Supporting), Burns, Michael Edward (Supporting), Paz, Mark A (Supporting), LeClair, Cassandra Fay (Supporting), Frei, Seth Steven (Supporting). TEDx Texas State University, Common Experience, Texas State University, $1000. (Submitted: September 2019). Grant.
  • Farris, Kristen Nacole LeBlanc. Tips from Former Smokers YouTube Comment Sentiment and Summary Analysis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Research Triangle Institute, $165467.00. (Funded: 2016). 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.

Selected Service Activities

University Mentor
Basic Course Curriculum Committee
May 2020-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Health Communication
December 2019-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Basic Communication Course Annual
November 2019-Present
Graduate Program Advisory Committee
September 2019-Present