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Faculty and Graduate Research

Faculty and graduate students within the Department of Communication Studies regularly advance the knowledge base within the field of communication. Topics are amazingly diverse, representing widely varied interests and specialties.

Following are just a few examples of recent faculty research efforts:

  • "Attention to repeated images on the World-Wide Web: Another look at scanpath theory," published in Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers
  • “Can there be a single system for peer assessment of professionalism among medical students? A multi-institutional study.” Published in Academic Medicine
  • “Changing Medical Students’ Attitudes about Older Adults and Future Patients,” published in Academic Medicine.
  • “Critical Incidents and Communication during the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease from the Perspective of Family Caregivers,” published in Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly.
  • “From transgression to transformation: Negotiating the opportunities and tensions of engaged pedagogy in the feminist organizational” Published In Communication Studies
  • “I never felt more uncomfortable in my life: University student’s discursive constructions of The Lesbian Convention,”
  • “Impression Management in Chat Rooms: A Grounded Theory Mode,” published in Communication Studies.
  • “innovation Roles: From Souls of Fire to Devil’s,” published in the Journal of Business Communication
  • “Maximizing Participation in Peer Assessment of Professionalism: The Students’ Speak,” published in Academic Medicine.
  • “Paranoia and paradox: The apocalyptic rhetoric of Christian identity, published in Western Journal of Communication
  • “Service learning: Students’ transformative journey from communication studies graduate to communication professional,” published in the Southern Communication Journal
  • “The empowerment dilemma: The dialectic of emancipation and control in staff/client interaction at shelters for battered women,” Published in Communication Studies.
  • “The Hardest Hate: A Sociological Analysis of Hate Music,” published in Popular Music and Society.
  • “Theories of family relationships and a family relationships theoretical model,” published in the Handbook of Family Communication
  • “When they know who we are: The National Women’s Music Festival comes to Ball State University.” Published in Gender in Applied Communication Contexts.

Ball State graduate students also provide a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in communication. Here are just a few examples of topics investigated in graduate theses:

  • Michael Bergmaier: Reconceptualizing crisis: An exploration of the domestic crisis rhetoric genre across presidencies. (Advisor: Kristen McCauliff)
  • Brandon Bumstead: Queering the playing field: A critical rhetoric of the cases of Caster Semenya and Johnny Weir. (Advisor: Kristen McCauliff)
  • Jessica Choquette: The media framing of the Juarez femicides: A dramatisic analysis. (Advisor: Beth Messner)
  • Elena Chudnovskaya: Experience of Danish business expatriates in Russia: A cross-cultural communication study (Advisor: Laura O’Hara)
  • Mark Dochterman: Rediscovering web credibility. (Advisor: Glen Stamp)
  • Emily Douglas: The effects of verbally aggressive messages on women's self-concepts within romantic relationships. (Advisor: Glen Stamp)
  • Aaron Estabrook: Managing power: An investigation of discursively negotiated power relationships in non-hierarchical work environments. (Advisor: Kathy Denker)
  • Leland Fecher: Looking past the action: A study of the effects of structure on video game communities. (Advisor: Kristen McCauliff)
  • Brandi Frisby: "Without flirting it wouldn't be a marriage": The relationship between flirting, relational maintenance and marital satisfaction. (Advisor: Laura O’Hara)
  • Joshua Hammonds: Relational dialectics within the marriage involving spousal alcohol abuse. (Advisor: Glen Stamp)
  • Scarlett Hester: Lost in masculinity: A critical rhetorical analysis of the TV series Lost. (Advisor: Kristen McCauliff)
  • Julie Kendall: The effects of listening quality, biological sex, and gender on leader-member exchange relationships. (Advisor: Marcy Meyer)
  • Shelley Kimrey: Bitch: A case study. (Advisor: Kristen McCauliff)
  • Sarah Kwak: There’s no “I” in team: A study of physician-nurse dyads in the healthcare setting. (Advisor: Carrie Shue)
  • James McGuffey: Walking away from Kyoto: A critical rhetoric of environmental debate. (Advisor: Beth Messner)
  • Elizabeth Mills: A rhetorical critique of John McCain's 2008 presidential concession address. (Advisor: Beth Messner)
  • Michael Morris: Bitzer’s model of the rhetorical situation as examined through restoration rhetoric of the Posse Comatatus and the Republic of Texas. (Advisor: Beth Messner)
  • Dawn New: A thematic analysis of the “coming out” process for transgendered individuals. (Advisor: Marcy Meyer)
  • Maxwell Norris: An analysis of coaching dimensions and their impact on athlete motivation and affective learning. (Advisor: Glen Stamp)
  • Julia Osso: The international student experience: An auto-ethnographic study of international students at Ball State University. (Advisor: Laura O’Hara)
  • Kris Owens: “This racism is killing me inside:” African-American identity and Chappelle’s show: A generic criticism. (Advisor: Beth Messner)
  • Michelle Prieb: "It's not on my 'to do' list": The discursive construction of workplace diversity. (Advisor: Marcy Meyer)
  • Sarah Riley: The convergent new world: Bona fide group perspective in an academic convergence news organization. (Advisor: Laura O’Hara)
  • Marie Roth: Attitudinal research and satire: An exploration of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart using social judgment theory. (Advisor: Carrie Shue)
  • Daniel Sciboz: High risk projects: An examination of how personal stress is communicated within construction crews. (Advisor: Laura O’Hara)
  • Dillon Small: Competency evaluations based on gendered messages. (Advisor: Carrie Shue)
  • Paul Sommer: Teacher/student interactions and student learning outcomes. (Advisor: Kathy Denker)
  • Katie Sroufe: “I don’t wanna talk about it:” Reintroducing taboo topics in romantic dating relationships. (Advisor: Glen Stamp)
  • Morgan Summers: Using formative assessment to show our students we care: the effect of student response systems on perceptions of instructor traits in a large-lecture classroom. (Advisor: Kathy Denker)
  • Meg Tully: The season of the vagina: A third-wave feminist analysis of the television series New Girl and Girls. (Advisor: Kristen McCauliff)
  • Holly Willson: Discord through the decades: A longitudinal analysis of conflict and relational dialectics in television couples. (Advisor: Glen Stamp)