EDUCATION

Ph.D.        Communication, expected May 2024

  • Interpersonal & Family, Health & Crisis

  • University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Advisor: Haley Horstman, Ph.D.

M.A.         Applied Communication, January 2020

  • Indiana University, earned at IUPUI

  • Advisor: Beth Goering, Ph.D.

B.S.        Communication and Graphic Design, Magna Cum Lade, May 2016

  • William Woods University

PUBLICATIONS UNDER REVIEW AND IN PREPARATION

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.


TEACHING

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

    • Sections C and F, each section with 22 students, hybrid and writing intensive course

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

    • Sections 23 and 27, each section with 20 students


PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri-Columbia

    • Department of Communication, 2020-Present      

  • Communication and Recruitment Coordinator

    • Graduate School, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, 2019-2020  

  • Marketing and Communication Manager

    • National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, through Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, 2016-2019        

               

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Charvat, 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. Top Four Student Papers in the Interpersonal and Family Communication Interest Group Central States Communication Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH.  

  • Horstman, 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). A Tale of Two Woes: Graduate School Year 1 and COVID-19. Graduate Student Caucasus. Central States Communication Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, OH.

  • 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.


INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

  • Guest lecturer on group public speaking, Learning Strategies, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, October 2020 and March 2021

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

  • Sexual violence researcher and student liaison, 2015-16, under Dean of Student Life, Venita Mitchell, Ph.D., William Woods UniversityResearched, planned, and conducted domestic and sexual violence awareness, prevention, and intervention events for college students. Implemented the NO MORE and NOT Anymore training for undergraduate students. Worked with community and local media outlets to educate on sexual assault. Wrote letters to incoming freshman. Worked as a survivor advocate when requested for discussions with campus medical or administration staff.

SERVICE

 

 

 

 

  • Reviewer

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

  • Representative

    • Indiana Protection of Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) taskforce, 2018-19

    • Coalition to End Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), Board of Directors, 2015-16

  • Volunteer

    • Communication coordinator, Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, 2018-19

    • Conference communication chair for the PHACE Syndrome, Inc. Board of Directors, 2017-19

    • 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

  • Advocacy

    • Went to D.C. with CGP and AFP and met with lawmakers and advocate for certain laws for nonprofits and charitable gifts

AWARDS, GRANTS, & SCHOLARSHIPS

Top Paper, Interpersonal and Family Interest Group CSCA, 2021

University of Missouri-Columbia, Communication Scholarship, Fall 2020

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

William Woods University, Amy Shelton McNutt award, 2016

Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges, 2016

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teaching with Writing for Student Learning: WI Teaching Assistant Workshop

 


Professional Memberships
Central States Communication Association
International Communication Association
National Communication Association

© 2020 by Alaina Leverenz

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