College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Renee Bourdeaux

Assistant Professor
Communication

  • Ph.D. North Dakota State University, 2016
  • M.A. University of North Dakota, 2001
  • B.A. University of North Dakota, 1997

Background

Renee Bourdeaux grew up on a farm in a very small town in ND.  As someone who loved Chemistry and Calculus, she began pursuing a degree as a Chemical Engineer.  It was going great until she job shadowed a Chemical Engineer.  Renee learned that not much talking happens in the lab – and since she loves to talk, she needed to find a new career field.  After exploring a few majors, Renee was drawn to communication.

While she was attending the University of North Dakota to get her B.A. in Communication, Renee also became a Resident Assistant.  She enjoyed working in the halls so much that she went on to get a Master’s degree in Communication while she worked as a Hall Director.  Once she earned her M.A., Renee had many career adventures in life:  Residence Hall Director, Complex Director, Vice President of Communication and Marketing, and Instructor.

Renee, however, enjoys being in the classroom more than most things in life.  Renee knew she needed to go back to get her Ph.D. so that she could be a full-time faculty member, so she decided to pursue her doctoral degree in the Department of Communication at North Dakota State University.  She graduated in the Spring of 2016, and now gets to use her gifts to teach at Northwest University.

Renee has taught Communication courses such as Communication Theory and Interpersonal Communication, in addition to teaching over 20 Public Speaking classes throughout her career.  Renee’s expertise is in interpersonal communication, and her passion lies in researching positivity and resilience in romantic relationships.  Renee uses her passion for research to explore how married couples talk about money in ways that strengthen marriages.

When she is not on campus, Renee loves to hang out with her husband, two children, her dog, and her cat.  She enjoys anything active, funny movies, and Christian music.  Renee is very excited to be at Northwest, and she plans to use her talents to carry the call of God whenever she can!

Publications

Bourdeaux, R., & Schoenack, L. (2016). Nontraditional student expectations and experience with online learning environments. Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 64(3), 152-161.

Beck, S. J., Bourdeaux, R., DiTunnariello, N., & Paskewitz, E. (2016). A review and technological consideration of the Bona Fide Group Perspective. Small Group Research.

Beck, S. J., Paskewitz, E., Anderson, W., Bourdeaux, R., & Mueller, J. (2016). The task and relational dimensions of online social support. Health Communication.

Anderson, W., Motto, J., & Bourdeaux, R. (2014). Getting what they want:  Aligning student expectations of advising with perceived advisor behaviors. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 26(1), 27-51.

Platt, C. A., Bourdeaux, R., & DiTunnariello, N. (2014). Should I text or should I call?: How college students navigate mediated connections with family. Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods), 8, 75-101. doi: 10.1108/S2050-206020140000008019

Presentations

Bourdeaux, R. (2016, April). Innovative teaching practices for strengthening relational well-being: How appreciative inquiry generates healthy communication. Symposium presented in the Health Communication Interest Group Division at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Grand Rapids, MI.

Bourdeaux, R. (2016, April). Rock at qualitative writing game: Using games to tackle the challenges of the writing process and to motivate students to approach writing in creative, yet productive ways. Paper presented in the Great Ideas for Teaching Division at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Grand Rapids, MI.

Bourdeaux, R., & Schoenack, L. (2015, November). Non-traditional student expectations and experiences in an online learning environment. Paper presented in the Instructional Development Division at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Bourdeaux, R. (2015, June). “In sync with each other": The ways couples have positive financial conversations. Poster session presented at the meeting of the International Association of Relationship Research mini-conference, New Brunswick, NJ.

Bourdeaux, R. (2015, April). Developing positive communication curricula. In J. Korn (Chair), Converging positively in communication classrooms, employment communication, and communication curricula. Symposium presented in the Organizational and Professional Communication Interest Group Division at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI.

Platt, C. A., Bourdeaux, R., & DiTunnariello, N. (2014, November).  Should I text or should I call?: How college students navigate mediated connections with family. Paper presented in Human Communication and Technology Division at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Beck, S. J., Bourdeaux, R., & DiTunnariello, N. (2014, November).  Bona fide group perspective 2.0:  Considering technological advancement. Paper presented in Group Communication Division at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Bourdeaux, R., & Schoenack, L. (2014, October). Non-traditional student expectations and their impact on online formative assessments. Methods presented at the meeting of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV.

Platt, C. A., Bourdeaux, R., & DiTunnariello, N. (2014, April).  “My family is really not the social network type”:  How college students navigate technology to maintain relationships with family. Paper presented in Media Studies Interest Group at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.  **Top Panel Award Winner**

Farrell, L., Anderson, W., Bourdeaux, R., & Pearson, J. C. (2013, November).  The pathway to friend satisfaction: A test of direct and indirect effects of attachment style, interpersonal communication competence, and emotional intelligence. Paper presented in Interpersonal Division at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Bourdeaux, R., & Schoenack, L. (2013, September). Non-traditional student expectations and experience with online learning environments – exploring methods. Methods presented at the meeting of the Education Doctoral Program Fall Conference, Fargo, ND.

Farrell, L., Anderson, W., Bourdeaux, R., & Pearson, J. C. (2013, March). The pathway to friend satisfaction. Paper presented in the Interpersonal Division Young Scholar Master Class at the meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, MO.

Anderson, W., Motto, J., & Bourdeaux, R. (2013, February).  Exploring advisees’ expectations of their advisors. Paper presented at the meeting of the Ties That Bind: Methods of Social Research conference, Fargo, ND.