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

  • Kathy Denker, 2018: Outstanding Service Award, Central States Communication Association, for work as Exhibits Hall Coordinator
  • Peggy Fisher, 2018: Community Connections Award. College of Communication, Information and Media
  • Michael Storr, 2018: Core Competency for Teaching Award. College of Communication, Information and Media
  • Kyle Heuett, 2018: Outstanding Faculty. Awarded by Ball State Women's Soccer Team
  • Abby Erpelding, 2018: Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Communication Studies, Ball State University
  • Abby Erpelding, 2018: High Technology Award, College of Communication Information & Media, Ball State University
  • Laura O'Hara, 2017: Outstanding Teaching Award, Ball State University
  • Mary Moore, 2017: Bradley University I.E. Norton Award for commitment, compassion, and dedication to collegiate forensics.
  • Kristen McCauliff, 2017: Outstanding Social Responsibility Award; College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • Marcy Meyer, 2017: Recipient of the Office of Institutional Diversity Diversity Research Award
  • Michael Bauer, 2017: President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the National Educational Debate Association

Recent Publications

  • Conner, B., Shue, C., McCauliff, K., & Stamp, G. H. (in press). Explaining mansplaining. Women & Language.
  • Denker, K. J., Manning, J., Heuett, K. B., & Summers, M.E. (2018). Twitter in the classroom: Modeling online communication attitudes and student motivation to connect. Computers in Human Behavior, 79, 1-8.
  • O'Hara, L. L., & Shue, C. K. (2018). Discourses of diabetes management in patient-physician interactions. The Qualitative Report, 23, 1282-1300. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss6/2.
  • Jenkins, E. M., & Stamp, G. H. (2018). Sexting in the public domain: Competing discourses in online news article comments involving teenage sexting. Journal of Children and Media, 12, 295-311. doi: 10.1080/17482798.2018.1431556
  • Westerman, C. Y. K., Reno, K. M., & Heuett, K. B. (2018). Delivering feedback: Supervisors’ source credibility and communication competence. International Journal of Business Communication, 55, 525-546.
  • Friedman, R.; McNabb, N.; McCauliff, K. L. (2017) Listening to Women on the Right: Communication Strategies of Today’s Female Republican Politicians. Jefferson, NC, McFarland Press. 
  • Levine, K. J., Heuett, K. B., & Reno, K. M. (2017). Re-operationalizing established groups in brainstorming: Validating Osborn’s claims. Journal of Creative Behavior, 51, 252-262.
  • Messner, B. A. (2018). Questioning my way to queer. In Facing LGBTQ Pride. Muncie, IN: The Facing Project.
  • Messner, B. A. (2018). A teacher’s heart. In Facing Teaching. Muncie, IN: The Facing Project.
  • Meyer, M. (2017). Concrete research poetry: A visual representation of metaphor. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 2, 32-57.
  • O’Hara, L. (2017). Discursive struggles in ‘diabetes management’: A case study using Baxter’s relational dialectics 2.0. The Western Journal of Communication, 81, 320-340. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2016.1241425.
  • Stamp, G. & Shue C. K. (2017). Interpersonal communication. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Sage Publications, Inc.

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: