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Arthur Bochner
Distinguished University Professor of Communication

Arthur  Bochner

Narrative inquiry, Interpretive research, Close relationships

Office: CIS 3048
Phone: 813/974-2145

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.

Curriculum Vitae
(April 2015)

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

Representative Publications

  • 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

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
88446COM 4490002Communication and Love

EDU 257
94353COM 7933004Narrative Inquiry
Ph.D. Seminar Communication. Ph.D. Standing Only

CIS 3057
81760SPC 7980003Dissertation: Doctoral

TBA 100

Graduate Students

Dionel Cotanda, Christina Magalona, Lorraine Monteagut, Erin Scheffels

Jennifer Whalen