Krystyna S. Aune

Krystyna S. Aune

Krystyna S. Aune (Professor) has been at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since 1991 and has been serving as Dean of Graduate Education since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Aune served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 2009-2014 and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities from 2007-2009. She was Chair of the Department of Communicology as well as Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Aune was awarded the Board of Regents Medal for Teaching Excellence in 2004. She was an inaugural member of the President’s Emerging Leaders Program. Dr. Aune’s research examines emotion experience and expression in relationships. Her research is published in the premier journals of the communication discipline, as well as social psychology and personal relationships journals, and in several edited books as a contributor. She serves on several Editorial Boards and has been elected to offices in the International Communication and the National Communication Association. Dr. Aune has presented over 50 competitively selected papers at these conferences. She has served as a consultant to review Communication programs for the University of Central Florida and the University of Arizona. She has been interviewed for segments on local and syndicated television and radio programs regarding relationship and family topics. One of Dr. Aune’s main administrative initiatives is professional development for both department leaders (department chairs and graduate chairs) as well as graduate students. Her overriding goal as an administrator is to facilitate student, faculty, and staff engagement, development, and success.

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Ph.D. in Communication (University of Arizona, 1992)
M.S. in Communication (Illinois State University, 1987)
B.S. in Psychology (Illinois State University, 1985)


Representative Publications

Aune, K. S., & Wong, N. C. H. (2012). Fun with friends, pranks with partners: How we play in our closest relationships (pp. 143─159). In T. J. Socha & M. Pitts (Eds.), The positive side of interpersonal  communication. Peter Lang.

Aune, K. S., & Wong, N. C. H. (2002). Antecedents and consequences of adult play in romantic relationships. Personal Relationships, 9, 279─286.

Aune, K. S., Buller, D. B., & Aune, R. K. (1996). Display rule development in romantic relationships: emotion management and perceived appropriateness of emotions across relationship stages. Human Communication Research, 23, 115─145.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

    • COMG 181: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
    • COMG 251: Principles of Effective Public Speaking
    • COMG 301: Introduction to Speech Communication Theories
    • COMG 361: Speech in Organizations
    • COMG 364: Persuasion
    • COMG 370: Verbal Communication
    • COMG 380: Speech in Family Settings
    • COMG 381: Interpersonal Relations
    • COMG 395: Research on Speech Behavior
    • COMG 481: Relational Management

Graduate Courses

    • COMG 601: Theories of Communicology
    • COMG 681: Relational Communication
    • COMG 683: Issues in Message Processing (Seminar in Relational Maintenance)
    • COMG 696: Seminar in Relational Management
    • COMG 781: Seminar in Relational Communication



Office: Spalding 360
Phone: 808.956.7541
Fax: 808.956.4261