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Beth Messner

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

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LB 314   Phone: 765-285-1959  

Communication Studies
David Letterman Communication and Media Building, room 351
2000 University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

Education

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Ball State University
B.S., Manchester College

Research Interests

  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Social Movement Rhetoric
  • Political Campaign Rhetoric
  • Hate Speech

Teaching

COMM 310 Communication and Democracy
COMM 320 Persuasion
COMM 385 Rhetoric and Marginalized Voices
COMM 404 Political Communication
COMM 412 Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 425 Speechwriting
COMM 611 Theories of Rhetoric
COMM 612 Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 614 Contemporary Rhetoric and Social Issues

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award, Ball State University, 2012-2013
  • City of Muncie Citizenship Award, Muncie City Council, February 2013
  • Dean’s Faculty Award, College of Communication, Information and Media, 2011
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Ball State University, 2007-2008
  • Outstanding Social Responsibility Award; College of Communication, Information, and Media, 2007-2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Communication Studies, 2006-2007
  • Educator of the Year, Muncie Human Rights Commission, 2006

Service

  • Co-Chair, Council on Diversity and Inclusion, 2015-present
  • Member, Diversity Interest Group, College of Communication, Information and Media, 2005 - present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies, 2008-present
  • Member, PhD Pathways Program, College of Communication, Information, and Media, 2013-present
  • Primary Departmental Advisor, Department of Communication Studies, 2004 - present
  • Member and Past Chair, Curriculum and Program Development Committee, Department of Communication Studies, 1992 – present
  • Member, Past Chair and Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Communication Studies, 1994–1997, 1998-1999, 2002-present
  • Fellow, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, 2005, 2014
  • College Representative to Undergraduate Education Committee, 2009-2014
  • Past University Senator and Member of Faculty Council, 2004-2006
  • Past Chair and Member, Academic Policies Council, University Senate, 1997-2003
  • Member and Past Officer, “Freedom and Responsibilities of Speech” Division, Central States Communication Association, 2002 – present
  • Past Member, Education Steering Committee, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, 2006-2008
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2008 – present
  • Fellow, Diversity Associates Program, 2004-2005; 2008-2009

Selected Publications

Messner, B. A. (2015). Lending Hope. In Facing Depression. Muncie, IN: The Facing Project.

Messner, B. A. (2013). Journeying from disbelief into acceptance - - Annie’s story. In Facing Autism. Muncie, IN: The Facing Project.

Messner, B. A. (2012). My new house -- my new life. In Facing Poverty. Muncie, IN: TEAMwork for Quality Living.

Messner, B. A. (2012). Black and tan clubs. In The Twenties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B. A. (2011). Stepin Fetchit. In Great Lives from History: African Americans. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B. A. (2011). Amos n’ Andy. In The Thirties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B.A., & Vail, M.T. (2009). A “City at War”: Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Studies, 60(1).

Messner, B. A. (2009). Madame C.J. Walker. In Historical Encyclopedia of American Business. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B. A. (2009). James Byrd Murder Case. In The Nineties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B.A., Jipson, A., Becker, P.J., & Byers, B. (2007). The hardest hate: A sociological analysis of country hate music. Popular Music and Society, 30(4), 513-531.

Messner, B. A. (2008). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Great Events in the 20th Century. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B. A. (2006). Willis Carto. Notorious Lives. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Messner, B. A. (January). White Citizens’ Councils. Fifties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Apple, A.L., & Messner, B.A. (2001). Paranoia and paradox: The apocalyptic rhetoric of Christian Identity. Western Journal of Communication, 65(3), 206-227.

Messner, B.A., & Buckrop, J.J. (2000). Restoring order: Interpreting suicide through a Burkean lens. Communication Quarterly, 48(1), 1-18.

Messner, B.A. (1997). Achetypal evolution and 'new birth' from codependency. Communication Studies, 48(1), 76-92.

Messner, B.A. (1996). 'Sizing up' codependency recovery. Western Journal of Communication, 60(2), 1-24.

Course Schedule
  • Course
    Course
    No.
    No.
    Section
    Section
    Time
    Time
    Days
    Days
    Location
    Location
  • Course
    Persuasion
    No.
    320
    Section
    1
    Section
    1200-1250
    Days
    M W F
    Location
    LB 125
  • Course
    Speechwriting
    No.
    425
    Section
    1
    Section
    0900-0950
    Days
    M W F
    Location
    LB 112