Allison R. Bonander

Allison Bonander
Assistant Professor of Practice, Director of Speech, Interpersonal and Family Communication Communication Studies


DR. ALLISON R. BONANDER, DIRECTOR OF SPEECH, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE, 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. She is the Director of the Speech Program, as well as the Associate Director for the university's Speech and Debate Team.  Dr. Bonander recieved the Outstanding New Forensics Coach award at the 2017 American Forensics Association - National Individual Events Tournament.  Courses she teaches include Comm 101: Communication in the 21st Century, Comm 380: Gender and Communication, Comm 286: Business and Professional Communication, and Comm 471 Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication.


Bonander, R. A., (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.