Dr. Marian Houser
Professor & Associate Dean
B.A. University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. Miami of Ohio University
Ph.D. University of Tennessee
Instructional Communication, Communication Assessment, Nonverbal Communication, Relational Conflict, Gender & Communication, Theory & Research Methods
Office: Centennial Hall 327
About Dr. Houser
Dr. Houser has taught over 15 graduate and undergraduate classes since starting at Texas State. She has developed new courses in undergraduate Communication Theory (COMM 3318N) and two graduate courses: Empirical Research Practicum (COMM 5315) and Relational Conflict and Communication (COMM 5325). These courses continue to be taught and Communication Theory has now become a permanent course on the books. Dr. Houser’s love for teaching and promoting student interest in research garnered her the 2013 Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award, the 2012 (runner-up) for the College of Fine Arts and Communication nominee for the Presidential Teaching Award, Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society Favorite Professor Award-2011, and 4 undergraduate and graduate Golden Apple Awards from the Department of Communication Studies.
Dr. Houser is the current editor for Communication Teacher – A peer-reviewed NCA journal. In a University capacity, she serves on the University Council for Funded Research to help determine the path of colleges and schools at Texas State. As the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, she has been charged with designing a new graduate degree following the scope of the Communication Mind 2020. In addition to this, she is also chairing the Steering Committee to create the “Communication Research Center,” which will be an externally funded research center for the 5 Units in our College. Dr. Houser also serves on the Dean’s College Council and provides weekly research reports to the 5 unit chairs and directors. In this capacity, she is also responsible for the College Assessment reports. Dr. Houser serves on NCA’s Basic Communication Task Force where their charge is to create a guide for basic course programs across the U.S.
Dr. Houser has published over 30 research studies in National, International, and Regional journals. She has presented over 50 Conference Papers (20+ awarded Top Paper). She has been publishing research in the areas of Interpersonal and Instructional Communication since 1995. Specifically, Dr. Houser is interested in a program of research that examines the intersections of interpersonal relationships and instructional communication—especially the dialogue that occurs between teacher-student classroom relationships. She has developed and published scales in Learner Empowerment, Learning Indicators, and Classroom Engagement and these instruments are used throughout the communication, education, and psychology disciplines. Dr. Houser’s work has been featured in Men’s Health Magazine as well as Psychology Today.