About me

This page is about me personally. If you’re looking for information about my professional life, you can learn more about my teaching, my research, or take a look at my curriculum vitae.

After being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I pursued my college education at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian liberal arts school just west of Chicago. My time at Wheaton influenced my life and thinking profoundly. I originally went to college to study computer science, and to be sure, a love of technology remains close to my heart. But although I enjoyed computer science, questions about human beings continually piqued my interest. Upon the recommendation of a friend, I explored courses in Wheaton’s communication department and quickly fell in love with the study of close relationships.

I pursued graduate study in communication studies at the University of Kansas, earning my Ph.D. in 2007. But even more importantly, while in Kansas I met my absolutely best friend ever, my wife Jessica. We met at Signs of Life, a book store and coffee shop on Lawrence’s awesome Massachusetts Street. Everyone whom I’ve ever brought to that coffee shop agrees it’s one of the best, so if you’re ever in Lawrence, please give them your business! (No they’re not giving me any kickback, I promise!) Jessica and I married in January 2005 and in the coming years were blessed with our daughters Sydney and Kira.

And now I am a professor of communication studies at Texas Christian University. The links above will tell you more about my research and teaching. I’m also a co-author of the A First Look at Communication Theory textbook (with Em Griffin and Glenn Sparks). I have also served as a survey/statistical consultant for my wife’s sorority, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

In free time, I’m a bit of a geek (OK… I’m very much a geek!). I enjoy a good video game, board game, or fantasy/sci-fi novel. My students know that I have a extremely high level of appreciation for Taylor Swift’s music (I’ve even ranked and rated every song she’s ever released). I like to cook when I can find the time, although my wife is far superior in the kitchen. I enjoy my church, time spent with my family, and being with friends.

Family 2

With my wife Jessica and our daughters.