Faculty Research

Faculty Speaking with Student

With more than a dozen full-time faculty members, the research conducted in the department is amazingly diverse, representing a wide variety of interests and specialties. Additionally, faculty members are consistently honored by Ball State and by professional communication organizations for their contributions to the field.

Recent Awards

  • Dr. Kyle Heuett, 2016: Faculty Research Award, Ball State University, College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • Dr. Kathy Denker, 2016: Outstanding Teaching Award, Ball State University
  • Dr. Kathy Denker, 2015: Central States Communication Association, Service Award for work as Exhibit Hall Manager
  • Dr. Kathy Denker, 2014: Faculty Research Award, Ball State University, College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • Dr. Kristen McCauliff, 2016: Outstanding Teaching Award, Ball State University

Recent Publications

  • Denker, K. J., and Dougherty, D. (2013). Corporate colonization of couples’ work-life negotiations: Rationalization, emotion management, and silencing conflict. Journal of Family Communication, 13, 242-262. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2013.796946,
  • Fisher, P.B. (Summer, 2011). We threw away the syllabus: Les sons learned in a public speaking classroom. NSEE Perspectives. (1), 27-34.
  • Heuett, K. B., and Westerman, C. Y. K. (2014). Reducing negative affect about intercultural interactions through inoculation. Journal of International Communication, 20, 42-51.
  • Messner, B. A. (2016). I see things more clearly now. In Facing Racism. Muncie, IN: The Facing Project.
  • Meyer, M. (2015). Dialectical tensions experienced by diversified mentoring dyads. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 4, 21-36.
  • O’Hara, L. S. and Shue, C. K. (2014). A Sensitive Question: Asking about Race in a Research Interview. The Qualitative Report, 19, 1-21.
  • Shue, C. K., Whitt, J. K., Daniel, L., and Shue, C. B. (2016). Promoting conversations between physicians and families about childhood obesity: Evaluation of physician communication training within a clinical practice improvement initiative. Health Communication, 31, 408-416.

For more information on the specialties, publications, and course taught by faculty members, check out their full bios on the faculty and staff page

Graduate Student Research

Student presenting poster

In addition to the opportunity to conduct original research as part of a thesis or creative project, graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies at Ball State receive support for traveling to and presenting at conferences. These conferences offer graduate students invaluable opportunities to learn, network, collaborate, and advance their own research. Ball State’s graduate students have taken home top paper awards from state and national conferences.

Graduate Student Theses

Some examples of recent graduate student theses are:

Check out Ball State Library’s Digital Collection of Theses and Dissertations for more examples and full texts.

Conference Presentations

Grad Student Presenting

Undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to present their research at regional and national conferences. Recent examples include: