Amanda Torrens

I received a BA in Organizational Communication in 2008 from Western Michigan University with minors in Practical Writing and Nonprofit Management. After spending a year away from school looking for jobs in the Non-profit sector and working retail, I decided it was time to go back to school. With some encouragement from a few amazing faculty members, I began my MA work at WMU in the fall of 2009 and fell in love with teaching and studying Interpersonal Communication. I have worked closely with Drs. Chad and Autumn Edwards on research surrounding Peak Communication Experiences and I intend to continue this work with them as I begin my doctoral studies at OU.

Generally speaking, my research interests are centered on communication within interpersonal relationships, specifically close friendships. I am also interested in matters of spiritual and religious communication, both interpersonally and within organizational contexts, with particular focus on how personal narratives and other forms of ethnographic writing shape our understanding of these things.

When I need a break from school and teaching, I enjoy retreating to the outdoors for fresh air and exercise. Also, penning the great American novel is definitely on my life’s to-do list. I have been writing for recreation and my own personal sanity since I was very young and this practice has served me well both academically and spiritually. Reading is one of my preferred escapes, and my guilty pleasures include anything by Dean Koontz or James Patterson.