Student veteran’s (SV) transition into academic life is challenging, and faculty/staff are uniquely positioned to support this change. Research calls for academic faculty/staff training to support SVs’ and aid in their retention and academic success. Framed by Rhetorical and Relational Goal Theory (RRGT; Mottet et al., 2006), qualitative data identified SVs’ instructional communication needs and produced a faculty/staff training program. Twenty-three SVs were interviewed about their instructional communication needs, namely, a need for: Structure, Integration, and Awareness. These needs were translated into instructor communication behaviors, and a SV instructional communication training (SVIC) was created to (a) promote organization, (b) facilitate assimilation, and (c) demonstrate conscientiousness to meet the rhetorical and relational of SVs.
Kauer, T. & Houser, M. (2023). The transition is difficult:” Student-Veteran academic needs and corresponding implications for instructional communication behaviors. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 7, 111-129. https://doi.org/10.31446/JCP.2023.1.08