Laurel Traynowicz

Associate Professor


  • Research Methods
  • Research in Sport Culture
  • Communication Seminar
  • Sport, Culture, and Society
  • Applied Research

Teaching Specialties

Communications Research, communication and athletics, communication in death and dying processes, health care communication, and family communication

Research Interests/Activities

Perceptions of student-athletes in American Universities


Laurel Traynowicz (PH.D., Communication Research, University of Iowa) studies identity construction and maintenance in a variety of contexts. Her research agenda currently focuses on the unique role student-athletes occupy in American Universities. Previous research focused on the construction of dyadic and triadic intimacy, mother’s accounts for childcare decisions, facework in friendship relations, the mentor-protege connections, the new employee, and the healthcare worker identity.

At a time when it seems as if Universities value research far more than teaching, the same cannot be said of Dr. Traynowicz. She will tell anyone who will listen that she has the best job in the world, and has prepared her entire life for her career at Boise State. Teaching students-whether that means working with them in a large class, in small groups or one-on-one- occupies the center or her life. Courses currently taught include research methods, senior seminar, advanced research (quantitative and qualitative methods), communication in death & dying processes, and applied communication research.

Contact Information

Office: COMB 128
Phone: (208) 426-1910
Office Hours: By appointment