Lesa Stern

Lesa Stern

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

Office Hours
By appointment only

Interpersonal Communication & Conflict, Advertising Hyperbole, Learning Assessment

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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