Faculty Profile for Dr. Cassandra Fay LeClair

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Dr. Cassandra Fay LeClair
Lecturer — Department of Communication Studies
CENT 300
phone: (512) 245-2165

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ph.D. in Communication Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008

Teaching Interests

My philosophy of teaching emphasizes the importance for students to recognize how communication shapes their own lives and is affected by and reflected in their relationships. Not only do I want my students to have a firm understanding of the theory behind communication constructs, but also I want them to take away the knowledge that these issues are active influences in their daily lives.

Research Interests

The focus of my research has centered on interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis on gender and health issues. My research focuses primarily on the ways in which individuals and relational partners communicatively cope and negotiate identity in the face of unexpected relational turning points and how this communication is linked to health outcomes. With this line of research, I have conducted studies on communication surrounding issues of infertility, miscarriage, motherhood, drug abuse, and sexuality.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Kellas, J. K., Baxter, L., LeClair, C. F., Thatcher, M., Routsong, T., Normand, E. L., & Braithwaite, D. O. (2014). Telling the Story of Stepfamily Beginnings: The Relationship between Young-adult Stepchildren’s Stepfamily Origin Stories and their Satisfaction with the Stepfamily. Journal of Family Communication, 14(2), 149–166. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2013.864294
  • Kellas, J. K., Trees, A. R., Schrodt, P., LeClair, C. F., & Willer, E. K. (2010). Exploring links between well-being and interactional sense-making in married couples’ jointly told stories of stress. Journal of Family Communication, 10(3), 174–193. https://doi.org/10.1080/15267431.2010.489217
  • Baxter, L. A., Braithwaite, D. O., Kellas, J. K., LeClair, C. F., Normand, E. L., Routsong, T., & Thatcher, M. (2009). Empty ritual: Young-adult stepchildren’s perceptions of the remarriage ceremony. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26(4), 467–487. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407509350872
  • Koenig Kellas, J., LeClair, C. F., & Normand, E. L. (2008). Sometimes they mean something and sometimes they don’t: The use of address terms in stepfamily stories. Journal of Family Communication, 8, 238–263.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Golden Apple Award for Graduate Teaching, Department of Communication Studies. 2009 - Present
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Sandra Petronio Dissertation Award, Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. 2009 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Arts & Science Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2008 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Cooper Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, Central States Communication Association. 2008 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorable Mention: Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2008 - Present

Selected Grants

  • LeClair, Cassandra Fay. Couples Communicating about infertility: Exploring the impact of fertility treatments on personal relationships., Texas State Research Enhancement Grant., Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: 2008, Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • LeClair, Cassandra Fay. Communicating Reproductive Disruption on the Great Plains, Center for Great Plains Grant in Aid, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $600. (Funded: 2006 - 2007). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Central States Communication Association, Basic Course Division
April 4, 2019-Present
Library Committee
Board Member
Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County
Central States Communication Association
Presidential Award for Teaching Review