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Carol J. Bruess

Professor and Director of Family Studies Program
Degree
B.A., St. Norbert College
M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University
Office
OEC 125A
Phone
(651) 962-5829
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5829
Mail
Mail 5011
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Carol J. Bruess (rhymes with “peace”), Ph.D., is a Professor of Communication and Journalism, and Director of Family Studies, at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. She has been a faculty member at St. Thomas for 18 years, and has for more than 25 years been passionate about the study of family, couples, and relationships — fully committed to understanding, and helping others learn and practice, the communication patterns of healthy relationships. Carol earned her B.A. in art from St. Norbert College, DePere, WI, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio University’s School of Interpersonal Communication.

She recently published the volume Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media (ed., Peter Lang International, 2015), and has a forthcoming book The Happy Happy CoupleHow to Become One (Again) — an inspirational, illustrated tale of a married couple navigating the bumps, and enjoying the ride, along the martial road. She is co-author of the book Contemporary Issues in Interpersonal Communication (with Mark P. Orbe, Roxbury Publishing, 2005), and has published three contemporary self-help/​inspirational books based on her research of couples, families, and friends:What Happy Couples Do (2008), What Happy Parents Do (2009), and What Happy Women Do (2010) (with co-author Anna Kudak, Ph.D.; Fairview Press/Rowman & Littlefield).

An active researcher in the area of family, interpersonal, and relationship communication, Carol has presented her work at dozens of national, regional, and international conferences, and has published in national and international journals and professional books. She is a trained Gottman Seven Principles Educator and is dedicated to making a difference with her research in others’ lives and relationships. She has been quoted and interviewed in a variety of national media outlets, including PBS, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Men’s Health, American Health, Natural Health, and Cosmopolitan Magazine, and has provided expert commentary on local, regional, national, and international CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC stations about relationships, family, health, and communication. She is currently the expert guest on a weekly CBS/​WCCO segment “Relationship Reboot.” She has been heard on over four-dozen radio programs, including Oprah Radio, and is an active provider of community-based, healthy-couple/healthy-family seminars and workshops.

Carol lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband (Brian) of 24 years. They have two children — Tony (19, a sophomore at Stanford University studying computer science) and Gracie (15, a sophomore at Cretin Derham Hall who’s into Snapchat, swimming, softball, and Grey’s Anatomy)—  and a little dog Fred (5.5 lbs). In her free time she enjoys sewing with vintage fabrics, doing hot yoga, and drinking hoppy beer (not all at the same time).

To contact her or learn more about her work, visit www.carolbruess.com

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 220 - 01 Interpersonal Communication - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 209
CRN: 22501 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Carol J. Bruess Theory and practice of interpersonal communication, including how self-concept, language, nonverbal communication, and relationships effect and are affected by communication. Common problems in interpersonal communication, options for managing these problems, and ethical issues in interpersonal communication are examined. Students apply theory and concepts through class exercises, simulations and individual projects.

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FAST 495 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23073 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Carol J. Bruess

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 111 - 03 Intro to COJO-I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 303
CRN: 41534 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Carol J. Bruess This is the first of a two-course sequence that introduces students to essential skills of the communication and journalism discipline. Students will develop skills to communicate thoughtfully, professionally and ethically with a variety of public audiences. Essential writing and public speaking skills are paired so that students master a writing style and then convert that writing to an oral presentation, or vice versa. Students learn how to appropriately and effectively speak and write to academic, professional and citizen audiences. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this course and COJO 112 before taking any 300- or 400-level COJO courses. -- --

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COJO 472 - 01 Family Communication M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700
CRN: 40910 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Carol J. Bruess Examination of communication dynamics within the family system. Patterns of interaction, message exchange, developmental stages, and satisfaction and stability will be explored in light of today's ever-changing family structure. Focus will include traditional (nuclear) and non- traditional family types. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor

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