Lari Tanner

Lecturer 1

Area:  COMM
Areas of Specialization:  Technology-Based Communication and Public Speaking

Office:  JO 3.534
Office Hours:  Fridays 11:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]

Hello, my name Lari Tanner (first name is pronounced like the man's name "Larry," my dad's idea), or Professor T. to my students. I'm one of the Communication professors here in the A&H college at UT Dallas. My specialty is Emerging Media and Communications. I'm also adept at Interpersonal, Intrapersonal communication and small group dynamics.

I teach undergraduate students in the COMM1311program. I teach the theories and models behind oral, intrapersonal, interpersonal, media and technology-based communication. I have taught courses in the hybrid and online models.

On a personal note: I am a wife and mother of four, the oldest graduated from UT Dallas with an EMAC degree and I followed in her footsteps, the other three are all in college. I taught a home based cooperative pre-school when they were very young. I enjoy creative writing and have won and placed in writing contests, and of course also love to read. I'm a movie trivia buff and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

I took a digital communications course in my undergraduate studies and have been fascinated with digital media and how people communicate online ever since. My graduate thesis was on crowdfunding campaign sites, such as Kickstarter, and how this has become a type of communication and even a social media hierarchy for fans of all sorts of genres within this type of medium. I am also interested in the privacy and security aspect of online communities. I hope to influence and share my knowledge with students so they can communicate on the World Wide Web responsibly and with respect.

When it comes to communication and public speaking my goal is to help students become confident and at ease while presenting. I hope to help them understand these skills and incorporate them into their lives now and in the professional world when they hit the big time. Public speaking doesn't have to be so frightening. I provide activities and exercises that will help students become more confident when standing in front of an audience. It's ok to be nervous, I get nervous. There are tools that will help and I hope to provide those tools in my courses. I also want to provide students with the importance of team building, working together productively and cooperatively. Team work can actually be a positive experience. I like giving individual and team feedback and make every effort to instruct students to improve their techniques in communication and presentation skills. My motto is, "I'm here to help students succeed!"

Before teaching at UT Dallas, I worked for the past three years as a substitute teacher for a local North Texas school district, I actually still sub there when I can. Before that I was an executive administrative assistant for a global pharmaceutical company. I have also served in several part-time student internships and positions while attending graduate school here at UT Dallas. I have tutored, trained others and instructed in some way or another in every position I have had. I love to teach, and I think one of the best things about teaching is actually learning—learning from my students. I feel there is a reciprocity and students teach me more than I teach them. Teaching higher ed. offers such collaboration and ideas to flow, it's the best place to teach and the opportunity and honor to teach here at UT Dallas is immeasurable.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Lari Tanner

M.A. in Emerging Media and Communications

Curriculum Vitae:  Lari Tanner's CV

Website(s):  laritanner.com