James Laux, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

As an adjunct professor at Hiram College since 1988, James Laux has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, predominantly in the College’s adult education and MAIS programs, as well as serving as an academic advisor of the MAIS students.

Laux has enjoyed a career in higher education, spanning some 50 years, beginning as a graduate teaching/research assistant at Bowling Green State University in 1971. Since earning his Ph.D. in 1975, he has been a member of the faculties at Old Dominion, Marshall, Kent State, and Slippery Rock Universities, as well as Hiram College.

In addition to his academic appointments, he has maintained an active practice as an organizational development consultant/trainer. He is currently an adjunct professor at Hiram College and professor emeritus at Slippery Rock University.


  • Ph.D., Communication, Bowling Green State University
  • M.S., Communication, Bowling Green State University
  • B.S., Speech/Theater and Biology, Bowling Green State University

Research Interests

  • Relationship between interpersonal communication competence and subjective well-being (a.k.a. happiness)

Fun Facts

  • He has been happily married to Dr. Desmonde Francik Laux since 1973.
  • The Drs. Laux have traveled and taught extensively, including areas such as: Canada, Mexico, most of Europe, Malta, Egypt, India and South Korea.
  • As a “card-carrying Thespian”, Laux has appeared in a number of roles on the stage, most recently as Dr. John Watson in a series of reader’s theater productions of Sherlock Holmes mysteries.