Texas Tech University

Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter

Assistant Dean of International Affairs / Associate Professor
Communication Studies

Email: n.punyanunt@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.3273

Research: Interpersonal communication, Family communication, Mass Media, Social Media

Office:
 1011

Web: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Narissra_Punyanunt-Carter

National Communication Association 2019 Campaign

Ph.D., Kent State University
M.A., Texas Tech University

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Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter

Biography

Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter (Ph.D., Kent State University, 2002) is an assistant dean of international affairs for the College of Media and Communication. She is an associate professor in the department of communication studies at TTU. She was just elected as Vice Chair-Elect of the Family Communication Division and is currently the immediate past chair of the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She was elected to serve on NCA's Nominating Committee and appointed to serve on NCA's Doctoral Program Committee. She was just awarded Texas Tech University's 2018 Professing Excellence Award.

Research

Dr. Punyanunt-Carter's research interests include romantic relationships, computer-mediated communication, father-daughter communication, and mass media portrayals of romance. She is a consultant for several book publishers, such as Bedford St. Martin's, Rowan & Littlefield, Oxford, McGraw-Hill, and Wadsworth. She has published many articles, which have been featured in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, Southern Communication Journal, Howard Journal of Communication, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Quarterly. She has devoted an extraordinary amount of work towards her discipline, department, the university, and the community of Lubbock. She has served as a permanent or ad-hoc reviewer for ten different peer-reviewed journals. he has published 12 book chapters, 50 journal articles, 1 book review, 1 book, and 1 edited book. She has been listed as a lead article many times. This year for the Eastern Communication Association conference, she has received two top paper awards. 

Methodologies

  • Thematic Analysis
  • Survey
  • Quantitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

 

Research Areas

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Family Communication
  • Mass Media
  • Social Media

Selected Publications

  • Dibble, J. L., Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., & Drouin, M. A. (2018). Maintaining relationship alternatives electronically: Positive relationship maintenance in back burner relationships. Communication Research Reports, 81, 1-10.  https://doi.org/10.1080/08824096.2018.1425985
  • Punyanunt-Carter, N. M., & Wagner, T. (2018). The Interpersonal Communication Motives for Flirting via Face-to-Face and Texting. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, 21 (4) 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2017.0608
  • Punyanunt-Carter, N. M., Delacruz, J. J., & Wrench, J. S. (2017). Investigating the Relationships Among College Students' Satisfaction, Addiction, Needs, Communication Apprehension, Motives, and Uses & Gratifications with Snapchat. Computers in Human Behavior. 75, 870-875. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.06.034

Teaching Focus

  • Interpersonal Communication (COMS 1301)
  • Gender Communication (COMS 3334)
  • Communication in Relationships (COMS 3333)
  • Communication Theory (COMS 5300)

Leadership & Awards

She has been an advisor for over 5 different Texas Tech University student organizations and one national honor society.  She was awarded Advisor of the Year 2013 by the (NSCS) National Society of Collegiate Scholars (honor society).  She is the TTU advisor for Delta Phi Omega and Delta Epsilon Psi (which is the first sorority and fraternity for Asian Americans respectively). She is the co-founder and advisor for Communication Studies Society, which is the departmental student group. In 2015, The National Communication Association awarded her "Advisor of the Year" for her work with Lambda Pi Eta (the national honor society).  In 2012, She received the YWCA Women of Excellence in Education Award. She has served as a mentor for Mentor Tech (for 17 years). She was inducted to the Teaching Academy for teaching excellence over 12 years ago and serves as an active member of the Teaching, Learning, Professional and Developmental Center (TLPDC). In 2014, she was awarded by the Honors College as the “Faculty of the Year”!  She is a Texas Tech University Mid-Career Award Recipient. Currently, she is a nominee for NCA's 2nd. VP position.

  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Dean for International Affairs for the College of Media & Communication
  • Vice Chair Elect, Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Past Chair, Mass Communication Division for the National Communication Association
  • Advisor, Communication Studies Society