Dr. Andrew Ledbetter, professor of Communication Studies

Andrew Ledbetter

Chair of Communication Studies and Professor
Communication Studies

a.ledbetter@tcu.edu | 817-257-4524

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Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Kansas
B.S., Wheaton College

Courses Taught

COMM 20223 – Communication Theory
COMM 30233 – Social Networking Sites and Personal Relationships
COMM 60193 – Adv Research Methods in Communication
COMM 60213 – Social Networking Sites and Personal Relationships

Areas of Focus

Maintaining interpersonal relationships using technology; how attitudes toward technology shape its use; family communication patterns

  • Ledbetter, A. M. (in press). Parent-child privacy boundary conflict strategies across the first year of college: Mediating family communication patterns, predicting psychosocial distress. Human Communication Research.
  • Taylor, S. H., Ledbetter, A. M., & Mazer, J. P. (in press). Initial specification and empirical test of media enjoyment theory. Communication Research.
  • Buckner, M. M., Ledbetter, A. M., & Payne, H. J. (2018). Family communication patterns as predictors of organizational dissent:  A replication study. Communication Studies, 69, 325-335.
  • Ledbetter, A. M., & Finn, A. N. (2018). Perceived teacher credibility and students’ affect as a function of instructors’ use of PowerPoint and email. Communication Education, 67, 31-51.
  • Shimkowski, J. R., & Ledbetter, A. M. (2018). Parental divorce disclosures and young adults’ emotion regulation strategies. Journal of Family Communication, 18, 185-201.
  • Phillips, K. E., Ledbetter, A. M., Soliz, J., & Bergquist, G. (2018). Investigating the interplay between identity gaps and communication patterns in predicting relational intentions in families in the United States. Journal of Communication, 68, 590-611.
  • Taylor, S. H., & Ledbetter, A. M. (2017). Extending media multiplexity theory to the extended family: Communication satisfaction and tie strength as moderators of violations of media use expectations. New Media & Society, 19, 1369-1387.
  • Hendry, M. P., & Ledbetter, A. M. (2017). Narrating the past, enhancing the present: The associations among genealogical communication, family communication patterns, and family satisfaction. Journal of Family Communication, 17, 117-136.
  • Kaufmann, R. M., Buckner, M. M., & Ledbetter, A. M. (2017). Having fun on Facebook?: Mothers’ enjoyment as a moderator of well-being and Facebook use. Health Communication, 8, 1014-1023.
  • Ledbetter, A. M. (2017). Relational maintenance behavior and shared TV viewing as mediators of the association between romanticism and romantic relationship quality. Communication Studies, 68, 95-114.

Assistant Professor, Ohio University School of Communication Studies, 2007-2010

  • Multiple top paper awards
  • A First Look at Communication Theory (10th ed.)
  • Directed Sam Taylor’s master’s thesis, which received the Outstanding Thesis Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award from the Master’s Education Division of the National Communication Association.
  • Article of the Year Award from the Journal of Family Communication
  • Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association.
  • NCA “Teachers on Teaching” recognition.
  • Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association.
  • Research featured in The Atlantic.
  • National Communication Association
  • Central States Communication Association