Distinguished University Professor of Communication
Narrative inquiry, Interpretive research, Close relationships
Office: CIS 3048
Dr. Bochner joined the faculty in 1984. He served as chair of the department for 8 years while developing our doctoral program. His current research focuses on memory-work and its significance in autoethnography and personal narrative. His 2014 book, Coming to Narrative: A personal History of Paradigm change in the Human Sciences received the “best book” award from NCA’s Ethnography Division and The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. He is a former President of the National Communication Association and an NCA Distinguished Scholar.
Undergraduate Course Offerings
- Advanced Interpersonal Communication
- Communication and Aging
- Love on the Internet
- Relationships on Film
- Writing Lives
Graduate Course Offerings
- Narrative Inquiry
- Social Construction of Reality
- Writing Workshop
- Communicating Close Personal Relationships
- Interpretive Social Science
- Coming to Narrative: A Personal History of Paradigm Change in the Human Sciences, Left Coast Press, 2014
Bird on the Wire: Freeing the Father Within Me. Qualitative Inquiry 18.2 (2012): 168-73. [pdf]
Terms of Perfection. The Review of Communication 12.1 (2012): 3-20. [pdf]
Warm Ideas and Chilling Consequences. International Review of Qualitative Research 3.3 (2009): 357-70. [pdf]
Vulnerable Medicine. Journal of Applied Communication Research 37.2 (2009): 159-66. [pdf]
- Narrative's Virtues. Qualitative Inquiry 7.2 (2001): 131-157. [pdf]
- Criteria Against Ourselves. Qualitative Inquiry 6 (2000): 266-272. (Reprinted in: The Qualitative Inquiry Reader, Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln (Eds.) Sage 2002.) [pdf]
- It's About Time: Narrative and the Divided Self. Qualitative Inquiry, 3 (1997): 418-438. [pdf]
- Composing Ethnography: Alternative Forms of Qualitative Writing, co-edited with Carolyn Ellis AltaMira Press, 1996
- Relationships as Stories. with Carolyn Ellis and Lisa Tillman-Healy Handbook of Personal Relationships (ed. S. Duck) John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 1996, pp. 307-324
- Perspectives on Inquiry II: Theories and Stories. Handbook of Interpersonal Communication(2nd edition, eds. M. Knapp and G.R. Miller) Sage Publications, 1994, pp. 21-4. [pdf]
Honors and Awards
- (2006) Received the University of South Florida's Outstanding Research Achievement Award.
- (2006). Received Ohio University's Elizabeth Andersch Award for sustained contributions to Speech Communication Education and Research over one's entire career.
- (2005) Received NCA's Bernard J. Brommel Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Family Communication.
- Elected 2nd Vice-President of the National Communication Association (NCA). Will be President of NCA in 2008.
- Ph.D., Communication, Bowling Green State University, 1971
- M.A., Speech Communication, Syracuse University, 1969
- B.S., Speech Communication, California State University, 1968