Dr. Falon Kartch
California State University, Fresno
Department of Communication
5201 North Maple Ave, Mail Stop SA 46
Fresno, CA 93740-8027
Position: Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Interests: Interpersonal Communication, Marital and Family Communication, Coming Out, Communication Theory, Qualitative Methods
Dr. Falon Kartch teaches Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, and Communication Theory. She has also taught a variety of courses at both Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, including Public Speaking, Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, Interpersonal Communication, and Marital/Family Communication. Dr. Kartch has also presented invited lectures, at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level, on qualitative inquiry and data analysis.
Dr. Kartch’s research focuses on the experiences of nontraditional family types including stepfamilies, LGBT families, and nonresidential parenting. She is also interested in the process of coming out, as it occurs within families, and the negotiation of ownership over information related to sexual orientation. Her research centers on exploring how familial bonds are formed and maintained as well as how various populations define what it means to be “family.” Her research has been competitively selected for presentation at multiple meetings of the National Communication Association as well as the International Association for Relationship Researchers and has been featured in Human Communication and Managing Interpersonal Conflict: Advances Through Meta-Analysis.