PhD - Bowling Green State University
MA - West Virginia University
BA - University of the Pacific
Robert L. Duran is a Professor in the School of Communication. With degrees in the area of Human Communication (a B.A. from the University of the Pacific, an M.A. from West Virginia University, and a Ph. D. from Bowling Green State University) he teaches courses in small group communication, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, and research methodology. He has received two awards for teaching excellence at the University of Hartford: a 2003-04 Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2010 Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Duran has published over forty articles in scholarly journals and presented more than sixty papers at international, national, and regional professional conferences in the fields of communication, education, and program evaluation. His research focuses on social communication competence, technology (e.g., cell phones, text messaging) and interpersonal relationships, media portrayals of relational issues (e.g., popular magazines, reality TV), and teacher-student interaction. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, and Communication Reports.