Allison R. Bonander

Associate Professor of Practice, Director of Speech, Interpersonal and Family Communication Communication Studies


Dr. Bonander received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with a specialization in Interpersonal and Family Communication and a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on sex communication, family communication with an emphasis on LGBTQ family structures, and gender, sex and sexuality studies. Her research also explores how communication relates to negotiation and understanding of consent in a variety of contexts. She is the Director of the Speech Program, as well as the Associate Director for the university's Speech and Debate Team. Dr. Bonander received the Outstanding New Forensics Coach award at the 2017 American Forensics Association - National Individual Events Tournament.

Representative Publications

Bonander, A. R., & Holman, A. (2022). Journaling Our Past: Memorable Stories about Sex Communication, Education, and Relationships. In Braithwaite, D. O., Child, J., Rossetto, K., & Wood, J. T. Casing interpersonal communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships (3rd ed.). Kendall/Hunt.

Bonander, A. R., (2016). Family communication about sex: A qualitative analysis of gay and lesbian parents' parent-child sex communication. dissertation examining gay and lesbian parents' communication about sex and sexuality to their children.

Bonander, A. R., & Marsh, M. L. (2015). Modern mimicry and YouTube: How technology has influenced pedagogy and performance of poetry interpretation within competitive forensics. Communication Studies, 66(4), 448-457.



  • COMM 101: Communication in the 21st Century
  • COMM 380: Gender and Communication
  • COMM 464: Communication and Consent
  • COMM 471: The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication