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Applied Communication Studies


Dr. Min Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from North Dakota State University in 2006. She teaches Communication Theory, Research Methods, Intercultural Communication, and a variety of health communication courses. Dr. Liu comes from a family of teachers, and strives to have the passion, professionalism, and compassion that her parents demonstrated in their lifetime careers of high school teachers in China. Dr. Liu’s primary areas of research interests include health communication, crisis communication, and communication education. Along with clinical professor at the School of Pharmacy Lakesha Butler, she wrote a textbook called “Pharmacy Patient Communication” teaching health communication skills through hands-on communication exercises. Other recent research projects include an exploration of binge drinking functions among first year college students in the United States, an examination of formality marriage ads by gay men on social networks in China, a cross-cultural comparison of American and Chinese teachers’ compliance gaining strategies, and an analysis of non-native organizational newcomers’ information seeking behaviors. She also takes a critical approach to studying the strategic use of state-owned media outlets by the Chinese political elite. She has published in several journals, including the Asian Journal of Communication and Communication Teacher, as well as in edited books. At university level, her service activities have focused on various aspects of assessment, and she has chaired the university’s Committee on Assessment. Dr. Liu now lives in St. Louis, where she and her husband enjoy the great activities the city has to offer. Her favorite thing to do is visiting the zoo, the Science Center, and the area parks with her two children. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and grocery shopping!

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