Frances Brandau-Brown decided to pursue a degree in communication studies after taking an interpersonal class at the University of Southern Mississippi. The caring and involved faculty at USM encouraged her to seek a master’s degree. During her second year of graduate school, she took a position as a teaching assistant, an experience that influenced her decision to become a college professor. She graduated from Louisiana State University’s Ph.D. program in 1999 and took her first teaching job at Southeastern Louisiana University. After teaching at SLU for a few years she came to Sam Houston. Frances is currently an Associate Professor and also serves as the Graduate Advisor for the department. She was pleased to be appointed to serve as the graduate advisor because it gives her another way to get involved with her students. Although Frances feels she can never repay those faculty members that helped her as an undergraduate and graduate student, her ability to help students is her way of “paying it forward.” Frances' research interests include relationship maintenance and visual communication.