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Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 16, No. 3, June 2016, pp. 11-22. doi: 10.14434/josotl.v16i3.19284 Department of Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University-Commerce, P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, Texas 75429-3011, [email protected] Understanding Instructor Nonverbal Immediacy, Verbal Immediacy, and Student Motivation at a Small Liberal Arts University Stephen A. Furlich Abstract: Instructor communication behaviors and student motivation to learn relationships were studied at a small liberal arts university. Specifically, relationships between instructor nonverbal immediacy, verbal immediacy behaviors and student motivation to learn were measured. Only instructor verbal immediacy behaviors had a significant linear regression relationship result with student motivation to learn. These results from a small liberal arts university are discussed in reference to previous research that measured these variables primarily at research universities. The results and...