Wes Hansen

Wes Hansen is a Graduate Instructor and PhD Student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. Wes is also affiliated with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, through a minor in International Education. His research interests involve intergroup interactions, perceptions, and behavior within the context of the globalized world and higher education. In addition to being passionate about his research area he is also driven in his teaching, training, pursuit of travel and outdoor adventures, love for language and cultural learning, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. Languages: English, Spanish, & Portuguese.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Communication Studies (Interpersonal Studies), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Expected 2016.
  • M.A.: Communication Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 2011.
  • B.A.: Psychology & Spanish, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 2000.

Specialties

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Impression Management
  • International Education
  • Quantitative Methodology & Statistics
Courses Taught
  • Nonverbal Communication (COMM 3409)
  • Intercultural Communication: Theory & Practice (COMM 3451W)
  • Introduction to Communication Theory (COMM 3401)
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (COMM 1101)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association (NCA): Member , 2008
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators: Member , 2004
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators: Trainer Corps , 2013
  • Society for Intercultural Education, Training & Research (SIETAR-MN): Member , 2012
  • International Academy of Intercultural Research (IAIR): Member , 2012

Outreach

  • Faculty Advisor - Alpha Phi Omega: 2014
Publications
  • Hansen, W. D., & Dionisopoulos, G. (2012). Eulogy rhetoric as a political coping mechanism: The aftermath of Proposition 8. Western Journal of Communication, 76(1), 24-43.
  • Jones, S. M. & Hansen, W. D. (2014). The impact of mindfulness on supportive communication skills: Three exploratory studies. Mindfulness,
Awards
  • Top 3 Paper Award Communication & Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association National Convention, 2014
  • Top 5 Graduate Student Paper Panel, Interpersonal Division, National Communication Association National Convention, 2012
  • Communication Studies Graduate Student Association Chili Cook-off Meat Division Winner, 2012-2103
  • Communication Studies Graduate Student Association Chili Cook-off Vegetarian Division Winner, 2013-2014
  • Communication Studies Graduate Student Association Chili Cook-off Overall Division Winner, 2013-2014