Peggy Fisher

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

LB 312  Phone: 765-285-1958  

Communication Studies

Dr. Fisher, originally from Solon, OH is a MAC girl at heart. She received her BA, MA and PhD from Bowling Green State University in OH, and ended up here at Ball State University. Along with teaching her regular courses such as Business and Professional Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Interviewing, and occasionally Public Speaking and Organizational Communication in both both face-to-face and online sections, she also runs the department's graduate and undergraduate internship programs. She is actively engaged in Immersive Learning opportunities and her projects have involved topics such as Compassion Fatigue, Co-Working Spaces, Cancer Awareness, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Training to mention a few. Dr. Fisher is also involved in the Central States Communication Association in a variety of interest groups and as a program planner. Along with teaching and being academically involved in professional organizations, she is an active community member. She has been involved with organizations such as Feed My Sheep Muncie, Inc. and an active volunteer at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital since 1999. Habitat for Humanity is another one of her passions. If she isn’t in her office or the classroom, she is most likely fundraising for a non-profit, or cuddling the premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., Bowling Green State University

Research Interests

  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Media
  • Business Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Focus Group Research
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Training
  • Community Involvement
  • Immersive Learning


COMM 251 Business and Professional Communication
COMM 325 Interviewing
COMM 351 Organizational Communication
COMM 369 Internship
COMM 370 Nonverbal Communication
COMM 479 Professional Experience
COMM 469 Directed Study in Communication - Undergraduate
COMM 696 Directed Study in Communication - Graduate
COMM 669 Graduate Internship
COMM 679 Graduate Professional Experience
ID 495 Immersive Learning - Undergraduate
ID 695 Immersive Learning - Graduate

Awards and Honors

  • Top Panel Award, Education Resources Division. Central States Communication Association, Spring, 2016
  • Community Connections, College of Communication, Information and Media, Fall 2012
  • Trank Award, Top Paper in the Basic Course Division. Central States Communication Association Spring 2011
  • Core Competency, College of Communication, Information and Media, Fall 2006

Service/Community Involvement

  • Feed My Sheep Muncie, Inc. 1999-present. Chairperson, 2012-present. The FMS annual event on Thanksgiving Day serves approximately 1,200 meals for those in need and provides free bags of groceries.
  • IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital: 1999-present. Volunteer in areas such as Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cancer Center, Emergency Department, Cardiac Care, and Transportation.
  • Habitat for Humanity: 2005-Present. Dreambuilders member.

Selected Publications


Cleveland, D., Dicker, A., Fisher, P., Kellermeyer, F., Simler, N., Spicer, C., & Young, M. (2014). Compassion Fatigue: A Guide to Understanding, Treating and Preventing Compassion Fatigue. Muncie, IN: Ball State University.

Byers P. Y. (Ed.). (1997). Organizational Communication: Theory and Behavior. Boston: Allyn and Bacon Publishers.

Byers, P.Y. (1997). Instructor’s Manual for Organizational Communication: Theory and Behavior. Boston: Allyn and Bacon Publishers.

Chapters and Reprinted Selections

Fisher, P., & Bilbrey, S. (2014). The role of food insufficiency in poverty. In TEAMWork for Quality Living (Ed.), Happy Anniversary? The 50 Year War on Poverty, (pp. 57-60). Muncie, IN: Delaware County Poverty Awareness Coalition.

Byers P.Y., Zeller, R., and Byers, B. (2002). Focus group methods. In M. W. Wiederman, & B. E. Whitley (Eds.) Handbook for Conducting Research on Human Sexuality. (pp. 173-195). Nahway, NJ: Erlbaum.

Byers, P.Y. (1997). The process and perspectives of organizational communication. In P.Y. Byers, (Ed.), Organizational Communication: Theory and Behavior (pp. 3-38). Boston: Allyn and Bacon Publishers.

Byers, B., Zeller, R., & Byers, P.Y. (1993). Birthdate and mortality: An evaluation of the death-dip/death-rise phenomenon. In B. Byers, (Ed.). Readings in Social Psychology: Perspective and Method (pp. 54-63). Boston: Allyn and Bacon Publishers. (Original work published in 1991)


Fisher, P. B. (Summer, 2011). We threw away the syllabus: Lessons learned in a public speaking classroom. NSEE Perspectives. (1), 27-34.

Klingel-Dowd, S., Fisher, P. B., & Fisher, M. D. (2008). Creating graduate education partnership within the university and community. National Society for Experiential Education Quarterly.

Byers, P.Y., & Byers, B. (1998). Focus group research and juries: Literature and applications: Collected Papers of the National Jury Project: Midwest. Also included in the Depository of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

Byers, P.Y. (1998). Case studies in the organizational communication course: Applying textbook concepts to real life organizations. East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproductive Service No. ED 421 727)

Byers, P.Y., Wilcox, J.R. (1998). Focus groups: An alternative method of gathering qualitative data in communication research. East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED)

Byers, P.Y., & Weber, C.S. (1995). The timing of speech anxiety reduction treatments in the public speaking classroom. Southern Communication Journal, 60 (3), 246-256.

Byers, P.Y., & Overdorf, S.A. (1993-1994). Female perspectives on romantic marital jealousy. The Speech Communication Annual, 8, 61-80.

Byers, B., Zeller, R., & Byers, P.Y. (1993). Birthdate and mortality: An Evaluation of the death-dip/death-rise phenomenon. Sociological Focus, 24(1), 13-28.

Byers, P.Y., & Wilcox, J.A. (1991). Focus groups: A qualitative opportunity for researchers. The Journal of Business Communication, 28(1), 63-78.

Byers, P.Y., & Tucker, R.K. (1987). Factorial validity of Merz’s psychological reactance scale. Psychological Reports, 6, 811-815.

Course Schedule