Laurel Traynowicz

Associate Professor
Office: C-128
Phone: (208) 426-1910
Office Hours: By appointment

Spring 2017 Courses

COMM 302 Research Methods
COMM 488 Research in Sport Culture
COMM 498 Communication Seminar

Teaching Specialties:

Communication 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-protégé connection, the new employee, and 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 of her life.  Courses currently taught include research methods, senior seminar, advanced research (quantitative and qualitative methods), communication and athletics, family communication, communication in death & dying processes, and applied communication research.