Professor, Marquette University
Dr. Lynn H. Turner joined the faculty of Marquette University’s College of Communication in 1985. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois. She is now Professor in Communication Studies at Marquette, where she teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and serves as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Family Studies.
Her research areas include interpersonal, gendered, and family communication. She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as many articles and book chapters. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including: Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Women and Language, Journal of Family Communication, and Western Journal of Communication. She has twice served as the co-editor for special issues for the Journal of Family Communication. Her books include: From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication (co-authored with Patricia Sullivan; Praeger, 1996; recipient of the 1997 Best Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender [OSCLG]), Gender in Applied Communication Contexts (co-edited with Patrice Buzzanell and Helen Sterk; Sage, 2004), Introducing Communication Theory, 4th Ed. (2010) and Perspectives on Family Communication, 3rd Ed. (2006) (both co-authored with Richard West; McGraw-Hill), and The Family Communication Sourcebook (co-edited with Richard West; Sage, 2006). She serves on the editorial board of several journals including: Journal of Family Communication, Communication Teacher, Qualitative Communication Research, and Communication Studies. She was the recipient of the Marquette University College of Communication Outstanding Research Award in 1999, 2007, and 2012.
She has served in a number of different positions at Marquette University: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication; Chair of the College of Communication Promotion and Tenure Committee; Interim Chair of the department of Communication Studies; Chair of the Interpersonal, Organizational, and Public Communication Department, and Interim Dean for the Diederich College of Communication.
Outside of Marquette, she has also been active as: President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG), Executive Director of Central States Communication Association (CSCA), President of CSCA, and Chairperson of the Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association (NCA). She is currently the Immediate Past President of NCA. In March, 2012, she was honored by the Central States Communication Association and inducted into CSCA’s Hall of Fame. In 2013 her 2006 book, The Family Communication Sourcebook, coedited with Richard West, was honored by the Family Division of NCA with its Distinguished Book award.