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Robert L. Duran, PhD


School of Communication

Harry Jack Gray Center E217


PhD   Bowling Green State University   |   MA   West Virginia University  |   BA   University of the Pacific

With degrees in the area of Human Communication, Robert L. Duran teaches courses in small group communication, interpersonal communication, family communication, nonverbal communication, and research methods. He has received two awards for teaching excellence at the University of Hartford: a 2003–04 Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2010 Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Duran has published over fifty articles in scholarly journals and presented more than eighty competitively selected papers at international, national, and regional professional conferences in the fields of communication, education, and program evaluation.  He has given a TED Talk on a topic in the Nonverbal Communication literature titled, “Laterality: Are you sure you’re right handed?”  His research focuses on social communication competence, technology (e.g., cell phones, text messaging) and interpersonal relationships, media portrayals of relational issues (e.g., popular magazines, reality TV), and teacher-student interaction. He has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, and Communication Reports.