Department of Communication & Journalism

MSC 03 2240
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505)-277-5305

Laura L. Burton

Lecturer III

Photo: Laura L Burton


Phone: (505) 720-9164
Office: 223

Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2016


Laura Burton is particularly interested in the positive side of communication and believes in the value of identifying and building on strengths in our communication to help co-construct positive worlds.  She is excited about being one of the first full-time faculty for the UNMWest campus in Rio Rancho and helping to build and expand the presence of C&J while extending opportunities for students to attend communication courses in Rio Rancho.  Laura teaches a broad range of communication courses including communication theory, public speaking, interviewing, nonverbal, business and professional speaking, organizational communication, intercultural communication, among others.  She believes in the power of experiential learning for creating meaningful learning for students. 


Laura’s master’s thesis took her to Guatemala where she explored health communication experiences among an indigenous population and the health care providers.  Her current dissertation work is exploring the communication processes that co-construct the emergence of hope for people participating in a community based support group program.  She anticipates completing her Ph.D. in Spring, 2014. 

Qualitative research methods are her strength but she also feels comfortable working with quantitative methods.  

View Laura L Burton's profile on the Faculty Authors page.