Kristen McCauliff

Kristen McCauliff

Assistant Professor

LB 351   Phone: 765-285-1953  

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


B.A., Central Michigan University
M.A., Wake Forest University
Ph.D., University of Georgia


COMM 360: Human Communication Theory
COMM 611: Theories of Rhetoric

Research interests include:

  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Feminist and Performance Theory
  • Political Rhetoric
  • Citizenship

Selected publications:

  • Cisneros, D., McCauliff, K.L., & Beasley, V.B. (2008). The Rhetorical Perspective: Doing, Being, Shaping and Seeing. In An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research (2nd edition). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • McCauliff, K.L. (2007). Inaugural Addresses, President. In Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Louden, A., & McCauliff, K.L. (2004). The “Authentic Candidate”: Extending Candidate Image Assessment. In Prager Presidential Campaign Image. New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.


  • Member, Diversity Interest Group, College of Communication, Information and Media (2009)
  • Member, Curriculum and Program Development Committee, Department of Communication Studies (2009)
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Communication Studies (2009)
  • Respondent and Chairperson, University of Georgia’s Women’s Studies Student Symposium (2008)
  • Reviewer, Student Division of the National Communication Association (2006, 2007)
  • Reviewer and Panel Chairperson, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division of National Communication Association (2006, 2007, 2008.)

Awards and Honors: 

  • Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Georgia (2008-2009)
  • Graduate School Dean’s Dissertation Research Award, University of Georgia (2008)
  • Top Paper Panel Award, Western States Communication Association conference (2008)