Laura Janusik, Ph.D., MBA

Professor of Communication Communication


Office: Arrupe Hall 326

Past President (2010-2011) of the International Listening Association

Courses: Basic courses in communication and interpersonal communication. Advanced courses in listening, group communication, research methods, communication theory, Capstone and business communication. Mentor undergraduates in communication research through independent study.

Research Interests: Listening cognitions and behaviors. Listening metacognitions. Application of cognitive psychology, brain, and biology research to communication research, particularly in the area of listening. Interpersonal communication in terms of listening and speaking strategies. Listening and learning, and the scholarship of teaching.

Recent Publications

Janusik, L. (2013). Gratitude to an Unknown Mentor: Bostrom's Influence on Janusik.  The International Journal of Listening, 27, 1-7. 

Janusik. L. & Keaton, S. (2011).  Listening Metacognitions: Another Key to Teaching Listening?. Listening Education, 2, pp. 35-45.

Janusik, L.A. (2010). Listening pedagogy. Where do we go from here? In A. D. Wolvin (Ed.), Listening and Human Communication: 21st Century Perspectives. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing.

Janusik, L.A., & Wolvin, A.D. (2009). 24 hours in a day: A listening update to the time studies. International Journal of Listening, (23), 2, 104-120.

Janusik, L.A., Berko, R.M, & Graham, L. (2009).  Instructor’s resource manual for Berko, Wolvin, and Wolvin. Communicating: A social, career and cultural focus (11th ed.).Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Janusik, L.A. (Guest Editor). (2008). Special edition: Listening in contexts. The International Journal of Listening, 22(2).

Janusik, L.A., & Wolvin, A.D. (2007). The communication research team as learning community. Education, 128(2), 169-185.

Halley, R.D., Janusik, L.A., and Bodie,G. D. (2007). The ghosts of listening past, present, and future: A primer on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going as a field. In M. Imhof (Ed.), Listen and make the connection! Proceedings of the 28th annual convention of the International Listening Association, Tonning, Germany  (pp.3-12). Der Andere Verlag.

Janusik, L.A. (2007). Establishing divergent validity for the conversational listening span (CLS).  In M. Imhof (Ed.), Listen and make the connection! Proceedings of the 28th annual convention of the International Listening Association, (pp.121-130). Tonning, Germany: Der Andere Verlag.

Janusik, L.A. (June 2007). Building listening theory: The validation of the conversational listening span. Communication Studies, 58(2), 139 – 156.

Imhof, M., & Janusik, L.A. (2006). Development and validation of the Imhof-Janusik listening concepts inventory to measure listening conceptualization differences between cultures. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 35(2), 79 - 98.

Valikoski, T.R., Ilomaki, I., Maki, E. & Janusik, L.A., (2005). Conversational Listening Span: A Comparative Study of American and Finnish Students. Prologos (Premier Journal of the Finnish Communication Association), 1, 88-108.

Janusik, L.A. (2005). Conversational Listening Span: A Proposed Measure of Conversational Listening. International Journal of Listening. 19, 14 – 30.


In the News

Shellenbarger, S. (August 13, 2014). Work & Family Columnist Sue Shellenbarger Answers Readers' Questions About Where to Sharpen Listening Skills.  The Wall Street Journal, D3. I was interviewed by Sue and quoted in the article. On follow up, Sue shared that “The story was very popular, remaining at #1 or #2 on our most-read and most emailed list for more than a day.”

Shellenbarger, S. (July 23, 2014). Tuning Out: Listening Becomes a Rare Skill. The Wall Street Journal, D2. After the popularity of the previous column, Sue contacted me for some follow up resources.

Interviewed for Spirit Magazine, publication of Southwest Airlines, for their December 2010 issue.

Guest on Ben Meren’s At Issue talk show on Wisconsin Public Radio. The live 1-hour call-in show aired on August 10, 2009.

Guest on Ben Meren’s At Issue talk show on Wisconsin Public Radio. The live 1-hour call-in show aired on March 19, 2009.

Interviewed and quoted in U.S. News & World Report. (December 31, 2007). 50 ways to improve your life in 2008. Take the time to listen. Pages 61 – 62.

Interviewed and quoted in Diamond, L.E. (2007). Rule #1: Stop talking! A guide to listening. Silicone Valley, CA: Listeners Press.

Interviewed by Gail Deutsch for 20/20. Gender and Communication. Program aired in 2007, but not directly quoted.


Editorial Boards

  • International Journal of Listening (IJL) – Editorial Board, 2006 – present
  • Western Journal of Communication – Editorial Board 2011- present
  • Special Subject Editor for Journal of Intercultural Communication Research
  • Guest Reviewer for Communication Studies, Asia-Pacific Education Researcher


    Consulting and Coaching

    Coaching and training individuals and groups in the most recent research on human interaction and communication theory to increase communication effectiveness