ALAINA N. LEVERENZ

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

M.A.    Indiana University degree, earned at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, January 2020

Major: Applied Communication

Thesis: Communicating Commitment within Monogamous Romantic Relationships

B.S.      Magna Cum Lade, William Woods University, May 2016

Double Major: Communication and Graphic Design

 

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, COMM 3575W-01C & 3575W-01F: Business and Professional Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia, Spring 2021

  • Instructor, COMM 1200-23 & 1200-27: Public Speaking, University of Missouri-Columbia, Fall 2020

  • Guest lecturer on group public speaking, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, October 2020

  • Guest lecturer on human trafficking in metropolitan communities, ECON 3400-001: Economics of Sex and Drugs, University of Colorado Denver, September 2019

 

Upcoming Conference Presentations

  • Chavrat, E., Hortsman, H. K., Jordan, E., Leverenz, A. N., & Okafor, B. (2021). The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pregnant Women’s Social Support and Sense-Making about Pregnancy Narratives. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH.

  • Hortsman, H. K., Leverenz, A. N., Baltazar, A., Cen, X., Charvat, E. Morrison, S., Okafor, B., Jordan, E., & Butauski, M. (2021). Narrative Resilience of Pregnancy During a Pandemic. Paper presented at the 71st Annual International Communication Association Conference. Sponsored by the Health Communication Division. Denver, CO.

  • Mahutga, J., Debeck, D., Leverenz, A. N., Millender, L., Morrison, J., Weaver, E. & Williams, E. (2021). Narrative-based discussion on Challenges in Graduate Programs due to COVID-19. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH.

 

Conference Presentations

  • Leverenz A. N.  (2020).  Communication of Commitment through the Relational Crossroads in Monogamous, Romantic Relationships. Paper presented at the 106th National Communication Association Convention. Sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division. Online.

  • Leverenz, A. N., & Brann, M. (2018). Communication at Work, not Play: An Exploratory Study of Self-Identified Heterosexuals' Professional Cross-Sex Friendships. Paper presented at the 104th National Communication Association Convention. Sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division. Salt Lake City, UT.

 

Journal Publications (In Review)

  • Chavrat, E., Hortsman, H. K., Jordan, E., Leverenz, A. N., & Okafor, B. (in review). The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pregnant Women’s Social Support and Sense-Making about Pregnancy Narratives. Journal of Family Communication, COVID-19 Special Issue.

 

 

Professional Development

Conferences Attended

  • National Communication Association Convention, 2020, online

  • National Communication Association Convention, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

  • National Communication Association Convention, 2017, Dallas, TX

  • National Communication Association Convention, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Workshops Attended

  • Teaching with Writing for Student Learning: WI Teaching Assistant Workshop

 

Academic and Professional Service

Service to Students

  • Finance advisor, the Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, 2016-19

  • Philanthropy advisor, the Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at Butler University, 2016-19

  • Panhellenic advisor, the Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega at Butler University, 2016-19

  • Sexual violence researcher and student liaison, under Dean of Student Life, Venita Mitchell, PhD, 2015-16

Service to University

  • University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz representative for the Colorado Council of Graduate Schools, 2019-present

  • William Woods University representative on Coalition to End Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), Board of Directors, 2015-16

Service to Profession

  • Conference paper submission reviewer, Health Communication Division of International Communication Association, November 2020.

  • Conference paper submission reviewer, Applied Communication Division of National Communication Association, April 2019.

Professional Memberships

  • Central States Communication Association

  • International Communication Association

  • International Association for Relationship Research

  • National Communication Association

Honors and Awards

  • William Woods University, Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges, Spring 2016

  • William Woods University, Amy Shelton McNutt award, Spring 2016

 

Grants

  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Communication Studies, Department Travel grant, November 2018

 

Scholarship

  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Communication Scholarship, Fall 2020-Spring 2020

© 2020 by Alaina Leverenz

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