Erik Green has been engaged with students in teaching and learning since 2002 on questions related to communication. In particular his work focuses on conflict resolution, relationship development, family interactions, and effective conversation. Originally from Michigan, he completed graduate studies at Central Michigan University and then moved down to Austin Texas to complete a PhD in Interpersonal Communication with a focus on destructive patterns of communication in conflict. He has served as Assistant Professor of Communication at Concordia University Texas since 2011 focusing on coursework in authentic speaking, conflict resolution, group dynamics, and reclaimed conversation in an era of distraction. He is a trained mediator who coaches students in facilitating open dialogue toward mutual understanding and resolution of disputes. Erik contributes to scholarship on issues of difficult turning points in life such as on-again/off-again relationships, the transition to college, and hope and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds. Most recently, he served as Director of the College of Business and Communication. He is a communication coach with the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, and works on special projects with Quantified Communications - an Austin-based firm that helps people improve their communication through data and behavioral analytics. Being a runner and outdoor enthusiast, Austin is a great place to call home. Together, he and his wife Christina seek adventure through all of life’s twists and turns and hope to serve others well in times of both calm and storm.