Lynn H. Turner joined the faculty of Marquette's College of Communication in 1985. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, has a master's degree from the University of Iowa, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois. She is now Professor in Communication Studies at Marquette, and she teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Her research areas include interpersonal, gendered, and family communication. She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as many articles and book chapters. Her articles have appeared in various journals including: Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Women and Language, Journal of Family Communication, and Western Journal of Communication. Her books include: From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication (co-authored with Patricia Sullivan; Praeger, 1996; recipient of the 1997 Best Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender [OSCLG]), Gender in Applied Communication Contexts (co-edited with Patrice Buzzanell and Helen Sterk; Sage, 2004), Introducing Communication Theory, 3rd Ed. (2006) and Perspectives on Family Communication, 3rd Ed. (2006) (both co-authored with Richard West; McGraw-Hill), and The Family Communication Sourcebook (co-edited with Richard West; Sage, 2006). She serves on the editorial board of several journals including: Journal of Family Communication, Communication Teacher, and Communication Studies. She was the recipient of the Marquette University College of Communication Outstanding Research Award in 1999 and 2007.
She has served in a number of different positions at Marquette University: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication; Director of the Interdisciplinary Family Studies Minor; Interim Chair of the department of Communication Studies; and during AY 2008-2009, she served as Interim Dean for the Diederich College of Communication. Outside of Marquette, she has also been active as: President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender, President of Central States Communication Association (CSCA), Chairperson of the Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association (NCA).