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​​​​Education
Ph.D: Bowling Green State University
MA: Central Michigan University
BAA: Central Michigan University
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Biography

Dr. Jenny A. Armentrout (PhD, Bowling Green State University) is a Communication Generalist. Dr. Armentrout specializes within the following areas: Media Studies, Rhetorical Criticism, Public Speaking, Interviewing, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Small Group Communication, Gender Communication, Humor Communication, Critical Cultural Studies, Feminist Theory, and Weight Discourses.

​​​​Education
MA: 1975, Central Michigan University
BA: 1974, Central Michigan University
​​ Courses Taught
• Communication in the Classroom
• Public Speaking

Biography

After starting her career as an instructor at CMU, Marilyn moved to K-12 education and spent 32 years working in middle and high school settings. During that time, she taught English, Speech, Journalism, Humanities, and French courses. She also served as an administrator, supervising the secondary language arts program in the Midland Public Schools. In addition to her district responsibilities, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at CMU and Saginaw Valley State University and as a consultant on the teaching of writing at a number of school districts. Now in her retirement, she is happy to return to CMU and work with the  students and staff in CDA.​
​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1996, Kent State University
MA: Central Michigan University
MSA: Central Michigan University
BBA: Saginaw Valley State University
​​​ Courses Taught

• Princ & Types of Interviewing

• Persuasion & Social Influence

• Communication in Leadership


Research Interests
• Persuasion in Environmental Communication
• Environmental Communication Leadership

Biography

I have been married since 1991. I met my wife in Mt. Pleasant at the Bird Bar and Grill. I have two teenage daughters who still live at home. I have been employed at CMU since 1998. Furthermore, I am an alumni of CMU. I earned my Master's degrees at CMU from 1984-1987 and taught as a temporary faculty member for another two years before moving to Kentucky.


Recent Scholarship

Currently working on an Environmental Communication book

​​​​Education
PhD: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign​
BS: Northwestern University

Service Responsibilties
Member, Leadership Council
Recorder for COM Area Meetings
​​​ Courses Taught
• Organizational Communication
• Research Methods in Comm
• Communication in Leadership
• Crisis Communication
• Graduate Seminar in Organizational Communication

Research Interests
• Collaboration, coordination, & conflict in interdisciplinary teams
• Disaster preparedness
• Disaster response training exercises

Biography

Elizabeth Carlson grew up in rural west Michigan (between Lowell and Saranac).  In addition to her academic experience, she has worked in market research, knowledge management, and training and development.  She enjoys mysteries, crossword puzzles, chocolate, and being a mom.


Recent Scholarship

Carlson, E., Cooper, K., & Pilny, A. (in press). Mixing methods in organizational communication research: Current state and prospects for advancing knowledge and enhancing community. Communication Yearbook, 40.  

Carlson, E. J., Poole, M. S., White, N. J., & Lammers, J. C. (in press).  A study of organizational responses to paradoxical demands: Dilemmas in interorganizational crisis management. Communication Research.

Lammers, J. C., Atouba, Y., & Carlson, E. J. (2013). Which identities matter? A case study of professional identification and burnout. Management Communication Quarterly27, pp. 503-536. doi: 10.1177/0893318913498824

​​​​Education
Ph.D: Northwestern University
MA: University of Colorado at Denver
BS: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intercultural Communication
• Oral Comm Online Environment


Biography

Dr. Dailey's basic interests are in the areas of conflict, bargaining and negotiating, and debate as a form of conflict. Currently, Dr. Dailey is in the process of working on a book project with his colleagues Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck on how face saving and face threatening strategies shape audience's perceptions of candidates in presidential and vice presidential debate. He is also involved in research into family conflict as well as research into the way in which feelings of embarrassment are affected by one's relationship attachment style.


Selected Scholarship

  • Politeness over Forty Five Years of Presidential Debates, Roman and Littlefield, with Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck, in press.
  • Politeness in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Debates, Argumentation & Advocacy, Co-authored with Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck, forthcoming.
  • Do parenting newsletters really work: A true experiment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, November 2004.​
​​​​Education
Ph.D (Communication): University of Southern California

​Courses Taught
• Media and Cultural Studies

Biography

Tisha examines food blogs as sites for feminist politics and resistance.  Her work focuses on Food Network TV shows which presents the compulsion for White women to return home to the U.S. heartland as a moral and national duty.

Education
MA: 2015, Central Michigan University
BS: 2005, Central Michigan University

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Communication​

Biography

In 2013, Kerry was awarded the prestigious Staff Excellence Award for her outstanding contribution and quality service to the Communication and Dramatic Arts Department.

​​​​Education
​Ph.D (Media and Communication Studies): 2012, Bowling Green State University
M.S. (Communication): 2005, Grand Valley State University
B.A. (English): 2002, Saginaw Valley State University

Service Responsibilities
​​Committee on Committees (2013-2016)
​​​ Courses Taught

• Sports Communication

• Introduction to Debate

• Interperso​nal Communication

• Gender Communication


Research Interests
​​​• Critical rhetorical approaches to understanding the commercialization of sports
• ​Neoliberal economics policy​

Biography​

Dr. Cory Hillman began teaching at Central Michigan University in the Fall of 2012 in the Communication and Dramatic Arts Department. Previously, he played baseball at Saginaw Valley State University, worked as an on-air radio personality at 97.9 WGRD (an alternative rock station), and briefly served as an editor for the Los Angeles Dodgers' scout website (ladugout.com). He is currently married to his wife Abigail Hillman and has two stepchildren, Damion and Destiny. When he is not working, he is an avid reader and guitar player and has spent time playing in bands throughout Michigan and Ohio. Currently, he is a resident of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.


Recent Scholarship

Cory Hillman (2016) American Sports in an Age of Consumption: How Commercialization is Changing the Game. McFarland and Company, Jefferson N.C. (in press).

Cory Hillman and Michael Butterworth (2015). 'Keeping it Real': Sports Video Game Advertising and the Fan-Consumer. In Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play, edited by Thomas Oates and Robert Brookey, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN: 151-171.

Matt Lamb and Cory Hillman (2015). Whiners Go Home: Tough Mudder, Conspicuous Consumption, and the Rhetorical 'Proof' of Fitness. Communication and Sport Journal [Special Issue, 3(1): 81-99.

​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1988, University of Kansas
MA: 1982, Wichita State
BS: 1978, University of Utah

​​​​ Courses Taught

• Intro to Debate

• Rhetorical Criticism


Research Interests

• Political Debate

• Argumentation

• Rhetoric


Biography

Ed grew up in Fresno, California and enjoyed debating as an undergraduate. He served as the Director of the CMU Forensics program for 25 years.


Selected Scholarship

Hinck, E. A. (2016). Challenges to recovering arguments once challenged in the public sphere. In Randy Lake (Ed.), Recovering argument (forthcoming), Taylor & Francis. Hinck, E. A., Hinck, S. S., Dailey, W. O., Hinck, R. S., & Ghanem, S. I. (2015).

Cultural differences in political debate: Comparing face threats in U.S., Great Britain, and Egyptian Campaign Debates. In Scrutinizing argumentation in practice, (Frans H. Van Eemeren & Bart Garssen, Eds.). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

​​​​Education:
PhD: 1988, University of Kansas
MA: 1985, Texas State University
BA: 1980, Millikin University

Service Responsibilities
2016-17 Graduate Program Coordinator for Communication

​​​ Courses Taught
• ​Communication Research Methods
• Conflict Resolution

Research Interests
• Political Debates
• Interpersonal Communication
• Service-learning
• Leadership


Biography

Shelly Schaefer Hinck is a professor in the Communication and Dramatic Arts Department at Central Michigan University. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, communication research methods, conflict resolution, and gender communication. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include civic engagement, political debates, service-learning, and leadership. Her work has appeared in Argumentation & Advocacy, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Sex Roles, and the American Behavioral Scientist. She was a CMU Excellence in Teaching recipient, a Michigan Campus Compact Service-Learning award recipient, and a CMU Woman of Excellence.


Recent Scholarship

Hinck, E. A., Hinck, S. S., Dailey, W. O., Hinck, R. S., & Ghanem, S. I. (2015). Cultural differences in political debate: Comparing face threats in U.S., Great Britain, and Egyptian Campaign Debates. In Scrutinizing Argumentation in Practice, (Frans H. Van Eemeren & Bart Garssen, Eds.), John Benjamins: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Hinck, S., & Scheffels, E. (2015). Transforming argumentative dialogue: Overcoming the  past through prison service-learning projects. Argumentation and Advocacy, 51.

Hullender, R., Hinck, S., Wood-Narker, J., Burton, T., & Bowlby, S. (2015).  Evidences of transformative learning in service-learning reflections.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 15, 58-82.

Hinck, S., Hinck, R., Dailey, W., & Hinck, E. (2013).  Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow republicans?  Politeness Theory in 2012 republican primary debates.  Argumentation and Advocacy, 49.

​​​​Education
MA: 2016, Central Michigan University
BA: 2009, Central Michigan University

​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Communication

Research Interests
• The negotiation of communication in maintaining Friends with Benefits Relationships

Biography

I am forever a Chippewa, having earned both my BA and MA from CMU!  I grew up down the road in East Lansing, and spent 5 years living in NC after grad school before returning to Mount Pleasant.  My husband and I met here at CMU, and both work for the university; we are very happy to be back! I'm also an aunt to 5 beautiful little humans who are my entire heart!

​​​​Education:

​​​ Courses Taught

• Inte​​rcultural Communication

• Capstone in Communication


Biography


​​​​Education
Ph.D (Communication): 2009, The Pennsylvania State University
MA (Communication): 2004, Michigan State University
BA (Communication): 2002, Michigan State University

Service Responsibilites
Advisor, Communication Association
Member, Athletics Committee
Member, Gender Equity Committee for Athletics Honors Status Faculty


​​​​ Courses Taught
• Foundations of Comm Theory
• Lying & Deception
• Inte​rpersonal Communication
• Dark Side ​of Communication
• Intercultural Communication

Research Interests
• Interpersonal & "Dark Side" Communication
• Friendship and Peer Communication
• Sexual Communication


Biography

Dr. Alysa Lucas is an Assistant Professor interested in interpersonal and relational communication. Her research interests focus on problematic communication in friendships. More recently, her program of research has explored the impact of friendship support on the sexual choices of young people. In 2014, she was awarded an Early Career Grant from CMU for a project entitled, “Emerging Adults in College: The Role of Friends in Sexual Decision-Making.” In the classroom, Alysa teaches a wide range of core and topical classes. Last year, she taught the new special topics class, Lying & Deception, and has proposed a new study abroad program for summer 2017 called “Exploring Gender Communication in Sweden.” In 2016, Alysa was a recipient of CMU’s Teaching Excellence Award. When not in the classroom or office, you may find Alysa at one of the many CMU Athletics events or catching up on the latest TV show.


Recent Scholarship

Lucas, A.A. (2016). "Got a secret. Can You Keep it?" Pretty Little Liar, friendship, and privacy. In K.G. Roberts (Ed.), Communication Theory and Millennial Popular Culture: Essays and Applications. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Lucas A.A. (2014). Emerging adults in college: Communication, friendship, and risky sexual behaviors. In J.F. Nussbaum's (Ed.), The handbook of lifespan communication. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

​​​​Education
MA: 2008, Central Michigan University (Interpersonal and Public Communication)
BA: 2002, Central Michigan University (Interpersonal and Public Communication)
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Intro to Communication




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​​​​Education
Ph.D: University of Pittsburgh
MA: Wake Forest University
BA: University of Mary Washington
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Video Games & Communication
• Intro to ​Debate
• Practicum in Debate Forensics


Biography​

Dr. Packer’s research interests span a wide variety of topics. He has written on the rhetoric of alien life, video games, social movements, and philosophical pessimism. He has taught debate in China and the United States at a variety of institutions. ​

Recent Scholarship

Packer, J. Alien Life and Human Purpose: A Rhetorical Examination through History. Lexington Books (2015).

Packer, J. “What Makes an Orc? Racial Cosmos and Emergent Narrative in World of Warcraft.” Games and Culture, 9. 2 (2014): 83-101.

Packer, J. “How Much Jail Time? Returning Women to the Abortion Debate.” Argumentation and Advocacy, 50. 2 (2013): 89-103.

​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1986, Temple University
MA: 1982, Central Michigan University
BA: 1980, St. Johns University

Service Responsibilities
Communication & Dramatic Arts Personnel Committee
Master of Science in Administration Council
​​​ Courses Taught
• Small Group Communication
• Communication in Conflict Management
• Communication and Social/Organizational Change
• Qualitative Research Methods

Research Interests
• Organizing for Social Change
• Conflict Management
• Diplomacy                    


Biography

I have been involved in the design and evaluation of various organizations for social change initiatives in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and the U.S. I have also conducted research in conflict management, group decision-making processes, management selection and development, and technology diffusion in organizations. Most recently, I have served as a consultant to The Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, documenting President Carter's approach to negotiating peace with a focus on the settlement reached between Uganda and Sudan. I have received eleven research awards for top papers from The National Communication Association, The International Communication Association, and Central Michigan University's President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.


Recent Scholarship

2015 Papa, M.J. Public Speaking in the Communication Age. Southlake,TX: Fountainhead Press

2012 Papa, W.H., Papa, M.J., & Buerkel, R.A. Organizing for Social Change: Communicative Empowerment for Small Business Development and Job Training for People Who Are Poor. In L.R. Frey & K.M. Carragee (Eds.), Communication Activism (Vol. 3): Struggling for Social Justice Amidst Difference. New York, NY: Hampton Press.

2010 Papa, M.J., Mapendere, J., & Dillon, P.J. Waging Peace through Improvisational Action: Track-Two Diplomacy in the Sudan-Uganda Conflict. Southern Communication Journal, 75, 349-369.

​​​​Education
Ph.D: Ohio University
MA: Central Michigan University
BA: Central Michigan University

​​​​ Courses Taught

• Communication & Society

• Small ​​Group Communication

• Speech Methods in Sec Schools

• Field Exper Speech Educ

• Communication & Social/Org Change



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​​​​Education
ABD (Communication): University of Southern California
MA: 2011, Wake Forest University
BA: 2008, University of Richmond

​​​​ Courses Taught

• Political Communication

• Intro to Debate


Research Interests

• Political Argumentation

• Scientific Controversy

• Rhetoric of Economics


Biography

Flemming'​s interests are in the areas of argumentation, political communication and rhetoric of science. He is particularly interested in the fomentation of scientific controversy as a political campaign strategy and the possibility of recuperating scientific orthodoxy. He is always interested in talking current events and eavesdropping on debaters discussing research.


Recent Scholarship

​​2016 Rhode, F. & Dejmanee, T. "Effeminate Speech on New Media: @HillaryClinton's Public Intimacy through Relational Labor" International Journal of Communication

2015 Rhode, F. "Euphoria and Panic Bubbles in Presidential Debate Evaluations", in Garssen, B. J., Godden, D., Mitchell, G. & Snoeck Henkemans, A. F. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 8th International Conference for the Study of Argumentation. Amsterdam: Sic Sat. 

2015 Rhode, F. "The Republican War on Arithmetic: The Mainstreaming of Pseudo-Scientific Argument in the Congressional Budget Office". Paper presented to the 19th Alta Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.

Education
PhD: 2009, Pennsylvania State University
MA: 2006, Pennsylvania State University
BA: 2003, Michigan State University


Service Responsibilities
Area Coordinator for COM
Chair of the Planning Committee for the Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Conference

​​​​Courses Taught
• Advanced Interpersonal Comm
• Independent Study
• Research Design in Communication
• Advanced Independent Study
• Thesis
• Persuasion & Social Influence

Research Interests
• Interpersonal Communication
• Health Communication
• Communication Theory


Biography

Dr. Weber's research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal and health communication. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how interpersonal relationships both influence and are influenced by illness experiences. Dr. Weber’s most recent work explores how social and medical network members influence treatment decision making among cancer patients. Her work has been published in Human Communication Research and Health Communication, and she has co-authored a number of book chapters on related topics.


Recent Scholarship

Weber, K. M. Family decision making. In. S. Pike (Ed.) The international encyclopedia of family communication. Oxford, UK: Wiley - Blackwell. [Accepted for publication].

Weber, K. M. & Solomon, D. H., & Meyer, B. J. F. (2013). A qualitative study of breast cancer treatment decisions: Evidence for five decision-making styles. Health Communication, 28, 408-421. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2012.713775

Theiss, J. A., Estlein, R., & Weber, K. M. (2013). A longitudinal assessment of relationship characteristics that predict new parents’ relationship satisfaction: Applying and extending the relational turbulence model. Personal Relationships, 20, 216-235.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01406.x

Weber, K. M. & Solomon, D. H. (2011). Understanding challenges associated with Breast cancer: A cluster analysis of intrapersonal and interpersonal stressors. In M. Miller-Day (Ed.). Family communication, connection, and health transitions: Going Through this Together (pp. 77-100). Hampton Press.​​​

​​​​Education
MA (Interpersonal & Public Communication): Central Michigan University

​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Intro to Communication
• Intercultural Communication
• Oral Communication in the Online Environment

Biography


​​​​Education
Ph.D. (Communication Science): 2002, University of Connecticut
MA (Communication): 1997, University of Maine
BA (Communication): 1995, University of Maine

Service Responsibilities
• Founding faculty advisor
• Nu Sigma chapter of Lambda Pi Eta
• Communication Studies Honor Society

Personal Website
​​sites.google.com/site/collaborationinsecondlife/​
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Interpersonal Communication
• Nonverb​al Communication
• Dark Side of Communication
• Intro to Comunication in Virtual Environments
• Adv Interpersonal Communication
• Gender Communication

Research Interests
• Studies the emotional connections between people and "dark" behaviors that threaten those connections
• Online social support
• Virtual communities


Biography

Lesley A. Withers is an interpersonal communication scholar who studies (1) nonverbal and emotional communication, (2) virtual team collaboration, and (3) online social support, and (4) the “dark side” or aversive aspects of interpersonal relationships. She has authored manuscripts that have been published in outlets such as Personality and Individual Differences, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Western Journal of Communication, Connexions, Human Communication, and the Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences.​


Recent Scholarship

Withers, L. A. (in press). Embarrassment. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York, NY: Springer.

Sherblom, J. C., Withers, L. A., Leonard, L. G., & Smith, J. S. (in press). Virtual team communication norms: Modeling the mediating influences of relational trust, presence, and identity on conversational interactivity, openness, and satisfaction. In K. Lakkaraju & G. Sukthankar (Eds.), Social interaction in virtual worlds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

VanLear, C. A., & Withers, L. A. (2016). The Relational Linking System and other systems for studying self-presentation (self-disclosure), acceptance-rejection, and confirmation-disconfirmation. In C. A. VanLear & D. J. Canary (Eds.), Researching interactive communication behavior: A sourcebook of methods and measures (pp. 77-92). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Leonard, L. G., Sherblom, J. C., Withers, L. A., & Smith, J. S. (2015). Training effective virtual teams: Presence, identity, communication openness, and conversational interactivity. Connexions, 3 (1), 11-46.

Hinck, E., Hinck, S. S., & Withers, L. A. (2013). Service-learning in prison facilities: Interaction as a source of transformation. In S. Hartnett, E. Novek, & J. Wood (Eds.), Working for justice: A handbook of prison education and activism (pp. 39-59). Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.


Staff​​​
​​​​Education
Ph.D: Northwestern University
MA: University of Colorado at Denver
BS: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intercultural Communication
• Oral Comm Online Environment


Biography

Dr. Dailey's basic interests are in the areas of conflict, bargaining and negotiating, and debate as a form of conflict. Currently, Dr. Dailey is in the process of working on a book project with his colleagues Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck on how face saving and face threatening strategies shape audience's perceptions of candidates in presidential and vice presidential debate. He is also involved in research into family conflict as well as research into the way in which feelings of embarrassment are affected by one's relationship attachment style.


Selected Scholarship

  • Politeness over Forty Five Years of Presidential Debates, Roman and Littlefield, with Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck, in press.
  • Politeness in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Debates, Argumentation & Advocacy, Co-authored with Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck, forthcoming.
  • Do parenting newsletters really work: A true experiment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, November 2004.


Education​
BS (Journalism), Bowling Green State University

Biography
Bernie grew up in Cleveland,OH attended Bowling Green State University before moving to California to work in the Silicon Valley. She has been a Michigan resident for 22 years and in Mt.Pleasant with her three sons, for the last 17. ​

Education
BBA (Marketing and Management): 1986, Northwood University
AA (Business Management): 1984, Delta College


Biography

  • Served for 17 years as Director of Admissions for Northwood University's Cedar Hill, Texas, Campus
  • 5 years experience in theatre management with United Artists, Inc. and Plitt Theatres, Inc.
  • Additional experience in Human Resources Management and Hospitality industry​

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