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M.A. Student Theses

The thesis represents the author’s first major independent academic study and often is completed in preparation for further study at the graduate level (e.g., admission to a Ph.D. program).

2019

ERIN C. SHELTON

Title: The Role of Accommodation in Mother-in-law/Daughter-in law Relationships 
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Martin, Myers

KOJI YOSHIMURA

Title: Character Morality, Enjoyment, and Appreciation: A Replication of Eden, Daalmans, and Johnson (2017)    
Committee: Bowman (Chair), Banks, Cohen 

2018

JANELLE VICKERS

Title: Communicated Sex Roles and Gender Identity Gaps
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Dillow, Martin

2017

ANDREW NICHOLSON

Title: Fit to be Tied: Social Network Structures and Evaluation Apprehension
Committee: Banks (Chair), Bowman, Martin

MATTHEW J. THOMAS

Title: Identity Gaps and Perceived Racial Prejudice in the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Martin, Myers

2016

LEA SCHLUE

Title: Music Videos as Meaningful Entertainment?: Psychological Responses to Audio-Visual Presentation of Song Narratives
Committee: Bowman (Chair), Cohen, Weber, Ed.D.

JOE A. WASSERMAN

Title: Board out of Your Mind: Mapping Players’ Mental Models of Game Systems and Potentials for Systems-Thinking Instruction
Committee: Banks (Chair), Cohen, Martin

2014

ELZBIETA KLEIN

Title: Desired Leadership Styles in Classroom and Court: Comparing Ideal Coaching & Teaching Styles of Collegiate Student-Athletes
Committee: Martin (Chair), A.Weber, K.Weber

2012

GREGORY A. CRANMER

Title: Color Blind?: The Use of Brawn and Brain Frames in the Framing of White and Black Heisman Candidates
Committee: Bowman (Chair), Chory, Weber

2011

KELLY G. ODENWELLER

Title: Father-Son Family Communication Patterns and Gender Ideologies: A Modeling and Compensation Analysis
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Brann, Myers

2010

C. KYLE RUDICK

Title: Students’ Perceptions of Classroom Justice and Their Use of Politeness Strategies
Committee: Myers (Chair), Dillow, Rittenour

2009

COLLEEN C. MALACHOWSKI

Title: Stay or Leave? The Effects of Communicative Infidelity on Relationship Outcomes
Committee: Dillow (Chair), Brann, Weber

THOMAS L. MEADE

Title: The Dating Game: Cultivation Effects on Relational Investment
Committee: Westerman (Chair), Patterson, Cole

2008

TYLER M. LOUK

Title: An Intergroup Perspective on Family Targeted Hurtful Messages Used in Romantic Relationships
Committee: Myers (Chair), Dillow, Martin

MEREDITH A. MITCHELL

Title: Muted Group Theory and U.S. Politics: Examining Third Parties and their Supporters
Committee: Martin (Chair), Weber, Cole

2007

KIMBERLY LEEZER

Title: Dialectical Tensions in Stroke Survivor Relationships
Committee: Brann (Chair), Dillow, Weber

KARISSA L. ZIGAROVICH

Title: Student-Instructor Conflict: The Impact of Instructor Communicative Characteristics on Student Conflict-Handling Styles
Committee: Myers (Chair), Weber, Martin

2006

JUAN M. D’BROT IV

Title: Development of A Typology of Interracial Relationships
Committee: Avtgis (Chair), Weber, Myers

DAVID W. TIBBLES

Title: Communication Organizational Orientations in an Instructional Setting
Committee: Richmond (Chair), McCroskey, Weber

2005

VICKI E. BENNETT

Title: The Relationship between Relevance and Teacher Communication Behaviors
Committee: McCroskey (Chair), Richmond, Myers

MATTHEW LUKE SUTTON

Title: A Candidate’s Use of Aggressive Communication and the Electorate’s Response: Predicting Presidential Election Outcomes
Committee: Avtgis (Chair), Martin, Weber

ELYCIA M. TAYLOR

Title: Gossip as an Interpersonal Communication Phenomenon
Committee: Weber (Chair), Martin, Myers

2004

DANIEL W. BREWSTER

Title: Stereotypical Perceptions of the Communication Behaviors of Gay Males
Committee: McCroskey (Chair), Richmond, Myers

VINCENT J. CICCHIRILLO

Title: The Effects of Personality Traits and Playing Video Games on Aggressive Thoughts and Behaviors
Committee: Chory-Assad (Chair), Weber, Booth-Butterfield

KATIE NEARY DUNLEAVY

Title: Application of Turning Point Theory to Communication Following an Acquired Disability
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Martin, Myers

CHRISTINE E. KUNKLE

Title: Adolescents’ Perceptions of Interparental Conflict and the Impact on Their Aggressive Communication Traits
Committee: Myers (Chair), Weber, Booth-Butterfield

2003

SARA R. BANFIELD

Title: The Effect of Teacher Misbehavior on Teacher Credibility and Affect
Committee: Richmond (Chair), McCroskey, Patterson

LEEANNE M. BELL

Title: Instructors’ Message Variables and Students’ Learning Orientation/Grade Orientation and Affective Learning
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, McCroskey

ANDREW D. DOHANOS

Title: Fraternity and Sorority Member Perceptions of Homophily, Supportive Communication, and Group Behavior as a Function of Control Expectancies
Committee: Avtgis (Chair), Weber, Booth-Butterfield

ANDREW J. MEROLLA

Title: The Impact of Past Dating Relationship Solidarity on Commitment, Satisfaction, Investment, and Maintenance in Current Relationships
Committee: Weber (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Myers

MARISSA F. RODGERS

Title: The Influence of Birth Order on Verbal Aggressiveness and Argumentativeness 
Committee: Myers (Chair), Weber, Avtgis

ABIGAIL L. SOPKO

Title: Communication Apprehension and Accuracy of Decoding Nonverbal Signals: A Replication and Extension of Schroeder and Ketrow (1997)
Committee: Martin (Chair), Myers, Weber

ALICIA M. VANDINE

Title: The Effects of Cancer on Interpersonal Relationships 
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory-Assad, Weber