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Nancy Brule

Job Titles

  • Department Chair, Professor of Communication Studies
    Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • Moorhead State University - B.S., 1994
  • Mankato State University - M.S., 1996
  • University of Nebraska - Ph.D., 2002

Areas of expertise

Brule's research interests include family communication, adolescent/parent communication, high-risk adolescents, conflict, and abusive relationships.


Favorite religious book (other than Bible): Fiction: This Present DarknessPiercing the DarknessIn His Steps

Favorite non-religious book: Shout It from the Housetops (Pat Robertson)

Favorite non-religious authors: John Grisham, Jonathan Kellerman, Susan Grafton (I love mystery and detective novels)

Children: Jessica (getting PhD at the University of Illinois -Champaign/Urbana); Aaron (getting MA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); Jacob (getting MA at Colorado State University) -- all of them in the area of communication studies!

Pets: Two German Shepherds (Mattie & Clyde). Support the upkeep of my children's dogs which include two pugs (Barabbas & Cleopatra); a daschund (Maverick); and a half-pug, half-shih tzu (Thomas). Holidays at our house are crazy when all the kids come home with their dogs!

Courses Taught

  • Perspectives on Human Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Abusive Relationships
  • Persuasion
  • Gender Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Conflict Theory
  • Senior Seminar


2011: Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, Bethel University

Hobbies and Interests

Singing, horseback riding, watching football, fishing, reading for pleasure.