Racheal Ruble

Lecturer
Dept: Psychology
Office:366 Carver
Courses Taught
ComSt 203: Introduction to Research Methods
ComSt 210X: Communication and U.S. Diversity
ComSt 214: Professional Communication
ComSt 310: Intercultural Communication
ComSt 330: Computer-Mediated Communication
ComSt 404: Senior Research Seminar
Degrees
Ph.D. University of Kansas – Communication Studies
M.A. Kent State University – Communication Studies
B.A. Truman State University – Communication Science
Teaching
In my classes, students learn to reflect on their communication choices and assumptions and seek out ways to improve their own communication as well as assist others in improving theirs. In lecturing, I present major ideas while allowing students to openly participate in the learning process through questions and discussion. Through group work, I encourage students to come to understand core ideas together. Out-of-class assignments are designed to promote more holistic and critical views of course material and/or provide hands-on experience with course concepts. I encourage students to actively participate in the learning process and to take responsibility for their own learning. In this way, it is my hope that students will gain as much as possible from my courses and take what they have learned on into the rest of their lives.
How I Came to Communication Studies
I started my undergraduate career as a Chemistry major. Although I succeeded in the classes for that major, the concepts I was learning never quite resonated with me. This feeling led me to seek out something that would allow me to work with people more directly and integrate my skills in both the humanities and math/science. I found Communication Studies in the required Basic Public Speaking course. Through that class I learned how to be a better presenter, but what I really took away from that class was a strong curiosity how we communicate with each other and the impacts of our communication choices.

I found myself interested in the social scientific study of intercultural communication specifically. Growing up in a small town, I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to get to know individuals from different backgrounds and experiences. As a college student, those opportunities presented themselves with much more frequency. I developed very close friendships with a diverse group of individuals including international students and people from a wide range of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. These relationships have opened my worldview and provided me with rich and meaningful experiences. At the same time, I saw that not everyone was as comfortable crossing cultural barriers as myself, and I recognized that the transition experiences of many of my friends were challenging. My own experiences living and working abroad in places such as Singapore and France introduced me to the ways that computer-mediated communication can be used to connect across wide geographic gaps. Thus, I decided to pursue graduate work in intercultural communication so that I could seek out ways that we might encourage more positive intercultural communication and assist those who are experiencing transition.
Recent Publications
Imamura, M., Ruble, R. A., & Zhang, Y. B. (in press). The indirect effects of English proficiency on intergroup attitudes and stereotypes through cultural identity and communication anxiety: The US host nationals’ perceptions of Chinese sojourners. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.

Tye-Williams, S., & Ruble, Ruble, R. A. (in press). Perceptions of workplace bullying narratives: Exploring attributions of fault. Ohio Communication Journal.

Ruble, R. A. & Zhang, Y. B. (2013). Stereotypes of Chinese international students held by American students. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 37, 202-211.

Ruble, R. A. (2011). The communication of advice on an online message board for language assistants in France. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 30, 396-420.

Ruble, R.A. & Zhang, Y. B. (2012). The impact of stereotypes on American students’ willingness to communicate with Chinese international students. The Bulletin of the Association of College Unions International, 80(6), 30-34. Available at http://www.acui.org/publications/bulletin/article.aspx?issue=36083&id=19376
Current Research
I’m currently working on several projects with goals related to understanding an improving communication. First, I am investigating the influences of US Americans’ communication experiences with and perceptions of a specific person from Chinese culture on their overall attitudes toward Chinese culture. This project has a long-term goal of uncovering the types of experiences that lead to more positive perceptions and attitudes toward Chinese culture and ideally seeking out ways that more US American students may be encouraged to develop relationships with Chinese international students on US campuses.

Second, I’m exploring the transition experiences of student Veterans as they move from and between military and academic cultures. This project, with funding from Iowa Humanities and the ISU Veterans Center, seeks to record experiences in an oral history format as well as identify the ways that we might better assist student Veterans in their transitions to higher education.

Lastly, I’m collaborating on a project examining cross-cultural perceptions of workplace bullying narratives with the goal of better understanding how targets of workplace bullying communicate about being bullied impacts others’ perceptions of them and their experiences.
Outside the University
I enjoy trying out new recipes, working in my vegetable garden, and travelling as much as I’m able. I spend time with my significant other, our dog, and our family herd of bison that we raise just north of Ames.