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Graduate Dissertations

The dissertation process includes a written proposal, oral defense of that proposal, a written dissertation document, and the oral defense of the finished study – it is a rigorous process but represents the culmination of the author’s career as a student.

More information about the specific policies and procedures regarding dissertations in our department can be found in the Ph.D. Graduate Student Handbook .

2016

SHAUN M. ANDERSON

Title: Diversity Outreach in Major League Baseball: A Stakeholder Approach
Committee: Martin (Chair), Weber, Rittenour, Bowman, Brooks (Physical Activity and Sport Sciences – WVU)

HANNAH BALL

Title: Applying Psychological Reactance Theory to Communication between Adult Child Caregivers and their Older Adult Parents
Committee: Weber (Chair), Goodboy, Myers, Rittenour, Lilly (Biostatistics – WVU)

RITA DANIELS

Title: Young Adult Daughters and their Parents: Communication about Work/Career and Family
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Myers, Martin, Goodboy, Oberhauser (Iowa State University)

MELISSA F. TINDAGE

Title: Using the Instructional Beliefs Model to Examine Instructional Feedback in the Classroom
Committee: Myers (Chair), Goodboy, Martin, Rittenour, Frisby (University of Kentucky)

2015

GREGORY A. CRANMER

Title: Exploring the Anticipatory Socialization Stage of Division I Student-Athletes: The Content, Characteristics, and Functions of Memorable Messages 
Committee: Myers (Chair), Goodboy, Martin, Weber, Brooks (WVU College of Physical Activity & Sport)

ZACHARY W. GOLDMAN

Title: Doctoral Students’ Relational Communication with Their Advisors: A Dyadic Examination Using Chickering’s Theory of Psychosocial Development b
Committee: Goodboy (Chair), Martin, Myers, Weber, Sorber (WVU Higher Education Administration)

ALEXANDER L. LANCASTER

Title: Persuasion, Police, and Public Safety: Message Framing, Compliance, and Perceptions of Law Enforcement 
Committee: Martin (Chair), Bowman, Cohen, Weber, Westerman (North Dakota State University)

KELLY G. ODENWELLER

Title: Communicating to Resolve the “Mommy Wars:” Testing Communicated Stereotypes and the Common Ingroup Identity Model with Stay-at-Home and Working Mothers 
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Dillow, Myers, Weber, Metzger (WVU Psychology)

2014

HAILEY GILLEN

Title: Male-Female Workplace Friendships: Third Party Coworkers’ Perceptions of and Behavior toward Organizational Peers in Cross-Sex Workplace Friendships
Committee: Chory (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Cohen, Rittenour, Cowan (Communication Studies-The University of Texas at San Antonio)

SARA LABELLE

Title: Addressing the Role of Health Literacy in Social Science: The Revision and Validation of the Perceived Oral Health Literacy Scale
Committee: K. Weber (Chair), Martin, Myers, Booth-Butterfield, Wanzer (Canisius College)

MICHAEL SOLLITTO

Title: Why and How Organizational Members Encourage their Peer Coworkers to Voluntarily Exit the Organization: An investigation of Peer – Influence Exit Tactics
Committee: Chory (Chair), Goodboy, Rittenour, K. Weber, Garner (Communication Studies-TCU)

JESSALYN I. VALLADE

Title: Extradyadic Communication with Friends about Negative Relational Events in Romantic Relationships: Development of a Measure and Implications for Friendship and Romantic Relationship Functioning
Committee: Dillow (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Martin, Myers, Lannutti (La Salle University)

2013

CHRISTOPHER J. CLAUS

Title: The Effects of Student Behavior Alteration Techniques on Student Motives, Student Talk, and Student Learning
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Dillow, Martin, Johnson (Ithaca College)

ZAC D. JOHNSON

Title: Alternative Breaks: The Impact of Student-to-Student Connections in Non-classroom Service-learning Experiences
Committee: Martin (Chair), Myers, A. Weber, K. Weber, Lefebvre (Educational Leadership Studies-WVU)

LORI E. VELA

Title: Investigating the Effect of Humor Communication Skills Training on Pro-social and Anti-social Humor Styles, Self-efficacy, Motivation, and Learning
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory, Martin, Rittenour, Westerman, Lefebvre (Educational Psychology-WVU)

2012

COLLEEN C. MALACHOWSKI

Exploring the Effects of Implication Intentions and Goal Formation on Anxiety and Communication Effectiveness when Discussing Difficult Interpersonal Topics
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory, Martin, Rittenour, Walls (Educational Psychology—WVU)

STEPHANIE SHIMOTSU

Examining Graduate Students’ Research Outcomes, Affinity-Seeking Behaviors, and Perceptions of Relationship Quality with Advisors From a LMX Perspective
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Chory, Martin, Wanzer (Canisius College)

SYDNEY M. STAGGERS

Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury: An Investigation of College Student-Athletes’ Prospectus of Communication Facework and Communicative Strategies for Managing Uncertainty
Committee: Martin (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Brann, Weber, Kershner (Community Medicine—WVU)

2011

DANIEL H. MANSSON

Using Mentoring Enactment Theory to Explore the Doctoral Student-Faculty Mentoring Relationship
Committee: Myers (chair), Brann, Dillow, Martin, Edwards (Communication Studies—Western Michigan University)

2010

KERRY A. BYRNES

Adult Children of Alcoholics’ Perceptions of Communicative Exchanges with Family Members and Outsiders
Committee: Brann (Chair), Martin, Myers, Weber, Reger-Nash (Community Medicine—WVU)

BRANDI N. FRISBY

Communicative Facework in Marital Dissolution and Post-dissolution Processes
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Dillow, Martin, Weber, Walls (Educational Psychology—WVU)

2009

SEAN M. HORAN

Understanding the Expression and Implications of Deceptive Affectionate Messages
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory, Dillow, Martin, Frymier (Communication Studies—Miami University)

CARRIE D. KENNEDY-LIGHTSEY

When Two Become One: Marital Couples’ Public Performances and Couple Identity
Committee: Martin (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Dillow, Weber, Goeres (Educational Leadership—WVU)

PAUL E. MADLOCK

The Development of Technological Management Model: A Conceptualization of Computer Technology in the Workplace
Committee: Avtgis (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Chory, Martin, Westerman, Rancer (Communication Studies—University of Akron)

2007

ALAN K. GOODBOY

The Effect of Teacher Confirmation on Student Communication and Learning Outcomes
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Martin, Weber, Hursh (Educational Psychology—WVU)

KATIE NEARY DUNLEAVY

Student Nagging Behavior in the College Classroom
Committee: Martin (Chair), Brann, Booth-Butterfield, Myers, Weber, Walls (Educational Psychology—WVU)