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Putting Theory into Practice
Second Edition
Denise Solomon and Jennifer Theiss

Welcome to the Companion Website for Interpersonal Communication: Putting Theory into Practice, Second Edition by Denise Solomon and Jennifer Theiss! 

Watch the video below to hear what advice the authors have for students using their book.

On this website, both students and instructors will find a wealth of resources to help them further illuminate and utilize the theories and skills discussed in the text. These resources include:

Student Resources

  • Forms to complete the How Do You Rate? assessments How Do You Rate - Icon of Clipboard
  • Forms to complete the Communication in Action activities Communication in Action - Icon of Arrow Globe
  • Opportunities to Connect with Theory, through expanded descriptions of those theories and suggestions for further reading Opportunities to Connect with Theory - Icon of Lightbulb
  • Flashcards
  • An overview of selected writings by Communication Studies majors at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, City of Lancaster, and a link to the website that houses those materials.
  • The Communication Café, in which Scholar Spotlight The Communication Café, in which Scholar Spotlight - Icon of a cup of coffee interviews and author introductions can be viewed

Instructor Resources

  • Outlines of the chapters
  • Power point slides for lectures, which incorporate figures, tables, and artwork from the text
  • A Test Bank
  • Sample syllabi for multiple course formats
  • A guide for grading participation
  • Suggestions for in-class activities, that has been substantially expanded since the first edition, to include 32 discussion starters, mini-quizzes, and other activities
  • Suggestions for assignable projects, including chapter-by-chapter reflection papers, unit activity or portfolio assignments, precis of research articles, and a semester assimilation paper


Our experience as teachers has always been enriched by the undergraduate and graduate students we have met along the way. We are especially grateful to three of our current and former graduate students, who were essential to compiling the resources for this Companion Website. Kellie Brisini, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University, is credited with the numerous in-class activities we have added to the instructor resources. Xi Tian, Research Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, provided all of the Connect with Theory summaries and resources, bringing those theories to life with her gift for clear, concise, and engaging writing. Deborah Yoon, PhD student in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, completed the enormous task of reviewing and updating the student resources and chapter outlines to ensure alignment with the revised textbook. We are also grateful to Kellie Brisini and Tim Worley, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Alabama, for their contributions to the test bank.