Recent Doctoral Graduates

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2013 Doctoral Graduates

  • McLaughlin, Jennifer, D. The Use Of Humor For Emotion Management On The Job: An Exploration of 911 Communication Centers.
  • King, Michael, L. Power of Speech Styles: A Relational Framing Perspective.

2012 Doctoral Graduates

  • Dix, Andrew.  Instructor, Middle Tennessee State University.  Impression Rating Via Speed-dating: How a Single Communication Event Can Alter Perceptions of Another Individual.
  • Schabot, Daniel, E. Jimmy Carter's Post-Presidential Rhetoric: Faith-Based Rhetoric and Human Rights Foreign Policy.
  • Stafford, Paul, E. Interpersonal Relating: Investigating the Experience of Refriending.
  • Smithson, Joy, N. Financial Communication in Romantic Relationships.
  • Rodriguez, Leslie, Y. Employee Racial Discrimination Complaints: Exploring Power Through Co-Cultural Theory.
  • Richey, Patrick, G. Unnecessary Evil: An Examination of Abu Ahraib Torture Photographs as Postcolonial Resistance Rhetoric.

2010 Doctoral Graduates

  • Nelson, David R.   Assistant Professor, Valdosta State University. Shock Rhetoric.

2009 Doctoral Graduates

  • Glenn, Robert J.. Owensboro Community College. An Investigation of the Persuasive Effects of Rhetorical Questions, Message Framing, and the ELM in Promoting Responsible Cell Phone Usage.
  • Hammond, Erin. Faulkner State Community College. The 2008 United States Senate Elections: A Typology of Negative Themes on Candidate-Sponsored Websites.
  • Guan, Yan. A Cross-cultural Study of Intergenerational Communication in Workplaces.
  • Woodrick, Rebecca. Director of Equal Employment and Affirmative Action, University of Southern Mississippi. A Case Study Analysis of Organizational Crisis Communication During Hurricane Katrina.

2008 Doctoral Graduates

  • Rogers, Laura. Communication, Crisis, and Identity: Dialectical Tensions in Family Narratives about Hurricane Katrina.
  • Mattina, JaneInstructor, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Influence of Verbal Aggressiveness and Verbal Argumentativeness on College Student Leadership Styles.
  • Pacheco, George. Assistant Professor, Angelo State University. Rhetoric with Humor:  An Analysis of Hispanic/Latino Comedians' Uses of Humor .
  • Verdon, Theron Allen.  Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Oneonta. Attacking Ethos:  The Use of Strategic Uncertainty in the 2004 Election. 
  • Jones, Kyle. Pregnancy Support Centers' Use of Fetal Ultrasound Images as Rhetoric.

2007 Doctoral Graduates 

  • McFarland, Heather Palmer. Assistant Professor, Arkansas Tech University. Effects of Job Stereotype, Applicant Gender, and Powerful and Powerless Speech Styles on Telephone Interview Outcomes.
  • Steen, Susan L. Director of International Programs, University of Southern Mississippi. An Investigation of the Impact of Disclosure on the Re-entry Experience of American Study-Abroad Students.
  • Lee, Carolyn Kyyhkynen. Leadership and Social Influence in Response to a Communication Crisis.
  • Ramsey, Matthew. Visiting Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University. Organizational Identification and Concertive Control.

2006 Doctoral Graduates

  • Stark, Heather Grace. Communication Experiences of Pregnant Women: An Exploratory Investigation.

2005 Doctoral Graduates

  • Knight, Misty Lynn. Instructor of Communications, University of the Ozarks. From Private to Public Life: Rhetoric of First Ladies in Their First Year.

2004 Doctoral Graduates

  • Franklin, William Cole. Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Louisiana College. Ice Cream for Eskimos: The Role of Competent Sales Delivery in Marketer Success.
  • Phukanchana, Thitirat. Ramlhamhaeng University; Bangkok Thailand. Strategic Uses of Humor in the Workplace: A Comparative Study Between Thais and Americans.
  • Cheng, Chuan-chuan. Assistant Professor, Tzu Chi University; Taiwan. The Effect of Culture on the Use of Silence in Marital Conflict.

2003 Doctoral Graduates

  • Thompson, Stephanie. Assistant Professor, Xavier University. Creating a Contemporary Organization Culture Through Press Release Rhetoric: The United Farm Workers.
  • Huebner, Thomas. Dean of Admissions, Carson Newman College. Lay Perceptions of Argument Quality.
  • Henderson, Mark. Assistant Professor, Jackson State University. The Impression Formation Effect of Bragging: The Role of Participant Gender, Participant Race, and Speaker Race.
  • Lindley, Giles. Pastor, United Methodist Church, Pontotoc, Mississippi. Symbols in Sacred Space: A Rhetorical Analysis of Church Sanctuaries.
  • George, Merry. Assistant Professor, Pikesville College. The Social Myth As Structurational Rhetoric: A Model for Analyzing the Rhetorical Texts of the Heaven's Gate Cult.
  • O'Donnell, Doran. Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana, Alexandria. The Sharing of Humor: Sympathetic and Empathetic Uses of Humor.
  • Hawkins, Ann. Implementation Specialist, Jenzabar, Inc. Evaluational Consequences of Speech Rate, Language Intensity, and Powerful/Powerless Speech Styles.