Lesa Stern

Lesa Stern

Professor of Communication Studies
Phone: (805) 565-6138
Email: lstern@westmont.edu
Office Location: Deane Hall 107A

Office Hours
Tuesday & Thursday 1:15-3:00 pm
and by appointment

Interpersonal Communication & Conflict, Advertising Hyperbole, Learning Assessment

Dr. Stern has been at Westmont for over a decade and is happy to call Santa Barbara and Westmont her home.  When she is not designing experiments or reading interpersonal, vocational, and health communication related texts, she can be found taking dance classes, aerobics, gardening, cooking, walking the beach, or attending bible study.  Some of her newest hobbies include quilting (for Royal Family Kids Camp charity) and learning to play the guitar.  She loves receiving recommendations from students on their favorite books, TV shows (Netflix), and musicians. 

Professor Stern Teaches:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Health Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Internships


  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from University of Arizona
  • B.A. in Communication from University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests:

  • Interpersonal & Marital Conflicts
  • Rhetorical Figures in Advertising
  • Assessment in Higher Education
  • Interpersonal Relationships and Communication

Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • Covington, J., Lee, M., Skripsky, S., & Stern, L. (2014). Review of James K. Smith's Imagining the kingdom: How worship works. Books and Culture.
  • Callister, M., Coyne, S., Stern, L. A., Stockdale, L., Miller, M. J., & Wells, B. (2012) A content analysis of the prevalence and portrayal of sexual activity in adolescent literature. Journal of Sex Research, 49, 477-486.
  • Stern, L. A., & Callister, M. (2012). Exploring variations of exaggeration in advertising: Perceptions and effects of hyperbole and puffery. Presented to the Mass Communication division of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ May 24-28.
  • Callister, M., Stern, L. A., Robinson, T., Coyne, S., Bennion, E. (2011). Evaluation of sexual content in teen-centered films from 1980-2007. Mass Communication & Society, 14, 454-474.
  • Covington, J., Lee, M., Skripsky, S., & Stern, L. (2012). Habits of the heart and mind: Teaching and christian practices. Books and Culture (July/Aug). Review of Smith and Smith's Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Fatih and Learning.
  • Covington, J,, Lee, M. Skripsky, S., & Stern, L. (2011). Christian formation and the liberal arts: Critical engagement and application. Presented at Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Educating for wisdom in the 21st centrury university, October 27-29, 2011, Baylor, TX.
  • Stern, L. A., & Yee, E. (2009). Increasing faculty-student affairs collaboation: Workable options. Presented at Christians on Diversity in the Academy: Annual National Conference, March 25-27 2009. Azusa, CA
  • Callister, M. A., & Stern, L. A. (2008). Inspecting the Unexpected: The Dynamic Relationship between Incongruity and Visual Imagery. In E. F. McQuarrie & B. J. Phillips (Eds.), Go Figure: New Directions in Advertising Rhetoric. New York: Sharpe
  • Callister, M. A., & Stern, L. A. (2007). The role of visual hyperbole in advertising effectiveness. Current Issues in Marketing Research, 29, 1-14.
  • Stern, L. A., & Taylor, K. (2007). Social networking on facebook. North Dakota Journal of Speech and Theater, 20, 9-20.
  • Stern, L. A., Powers, J., Dhaene, K., Dix, A., & Shegog, S. (2007). Satisfaction, respect, and cooperation between roommates: Self-selected versus paired roommates. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 34, 53-60.
  • Stern, L. A., & Hailer, M. (2007). Presentation skill assessment: University and career-related presentations. Basic Communication Course Annual, 19, 139-166.
  • Stern, L. A., & Solomon, M. A. (2006). Effective faculty feedback: The road less traveled. Assessing Writing, 11(1), 22-41.
  • Stern, L. A., Callister, M., & Jones, L. (2005). Face time: Public sociality, social encounters, and gender at a university recreation center (pp. 25-45). In C. Morrill, D. A. Snow, & C. H. White (Eds.), Together Alone. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press.
  • Burgoon, J. K., Stern, L. A., & Dillman, L. (1995). Interpersonal Adaptation. NY: Cambridge Univ Press.
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