Faculty Accomplishments

Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Faculty published books including:

Seiler, W. J., Beall, M. L., & Mazer, J. P. (2014)    Communication Making Connections (9th edition). Boston: Pearson.

Braithwaite, D. O. & Schrodt P. (Eds.). (2015).
Engaging theories in interpersonal communication: Mul-tiple perspectives (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lee, R., & Morin, A. (in press). In R. Denton (Ed.), Barack Obama’s response to the “angry black man” race card: A critical analysis of “A more perfect union.” Political Campaign Communication: Theory, Method, and Practice. Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Duncan, A. (2015). Gambling with the Myth of the American Dream. New York, NY: Routledge. 

Pfister, D. S. (2014). Networked media, networked rhetorics: Attention and deliberation in the early blogosphere. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Faculty published articles including:

Carr, K., Holman, A., Abetz, J., Koenig Kellas, J. and colleague: “Giving voice to the silence of family es-trangement: Comparing reasons of estranged parents and adult children in a nonmatched sample.” Journal of Family Communication.’

Tye-Williams, S. & Krone, K. J. (2015). Chaos, reports and quests: Narrative agency and co-workers in stories of workplace bullying. Management Communication Quarterly, 29, 3, 27.

Seiler,W. & Garden, R. (in press). Serious illness conversations with doctors: Patients using information obtatined from sources other than their doctor. Health Communication.

Kellas, J., Baxter, L. A., LeClair-Underberg, C., Braithwaite, D. O, Lamb Normand , E. Routsong, T., Thatcher, M. (in press). Telling the story of stepfamily beginnings: The relationship between young-adult stepchildren’s stepfamily origin stories and their satisfaction with the stepfamily. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Kellas, J., & Suter, E. “Accounting for lesbian-headed families: Lesbian mothers’ responses to discursive challenges.”

Soliz, J., & Koenig Kellas, J, (in press).    Communicative correlates of family satisfaction. In Encylopedia of Life Satisfaction.

Carr, K., Holman, A., Stephenson-Abetz, J., Koenig Kellas, J., & Vagnoni, E. (2015). Giving voice to the silence of family estrangement: Comparing reasons of estranged parents and adult children in a non-matched sample. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 130-140.

Colaner, C.W., Soliz, J., & Nelson, L. R. (2014). Communicatively managing religious identity difference in parent-child relationships: The role of accommodative and nonaccommodative communication. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 310-327.

Garden, R., & Seiler, W. (in press). Serious Illness Conversations with Doctors:  Patients Using Information Obtained from Sources Other Than Their Doctor Health Communication.  

Holman, A. & Koenig Kellas, J. (in press). Adolescents’ perceptions of communication, relational, and family factors that relate to sexual risk. Southern Communication Journal.

Koenig Kellas, J., Kranstuber, H., Willer, E. K., & Carr, K. (2015). The benefits and risks of storytelling and storylistening over time: Experimentally testing the expressive writing paradigm in the context of interpersonal communication. Health Communication, 30, 843-858.

Krone, K. J., & Dougherty, D. S. (in press). Re-claiming an unfinished past:  From emotional labor to critical emotional agency.  Electronic Journal of Communication.

Gallant, L. M., & Krone, K. J. (2014). Tensions in talking diversity. Communication Reports, 27, 39-52.

Gasiorek, J., Giles, H., & Soliz, J. (2015) Accommodating new vistas. Language and Communication, 41, 1-5.

Nuru, A., & Soliz, J. (2105). Parental socialization of ethnic identity: Perspectives from multiethnic individuals.

Pfister, D. S. (2015). “A short burst of inconsequential information:” Networked rhetorics, avian consciousness, and bioegalitarianism. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 9, 118-36.

Rittenour, C. E., & Koenig Kellas, J. (2015). Making sense of hurtful mother-in-law messages: Applying attribution theory to the in-law triad. Communication Quarterly, 63, 62-80.

Seiler, W., & Abetz, J. S. (2014). Undergraduate Instructor Assistants (UIAs): Friend or Foe. Journal of the Association of Communication Administrators

Suter, E. A., Seurer, L. M., Webb, S., Grewe, B., & Koenig Kellas, J. (2015). Motherhood as contested ideological terrain: Essentialist and queer discourses of motherhood at play in female-female co-mothers’ talk. Communication Monographs, 1-26.

Tye-Williams, S., & Krone, K. J. (2015). Chaos, reports and quests:  Narrative agency and co-workers in stories of workplace bullying. Management Communication Quarterly, 29, 3-27.

Walker, K., Malkowski, J., & Pfister, D. S. (2014). Choreographing living texts: Selections from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology Oral History Project. Rhetoric Review, 33, 262-280. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Faculty published book chapters including:

Soliz, J., & Fowler, C. (2015). Intergenerational relationships and the sandwich generation. In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed.), Handbook of lifespan communication (pp. 293-310). New York: Peter Lang.

Braithwaite, D. O., Allen, J., & Moore, J. (in press).
Data conferencing. International Encyclopedia of
Communication; Sub-Disciplinary Encyclopedia of
Communication (Communication Research Methods: Qualitative Research Methods). Wiley-Blackwell.

Braithwaite, D. O., & Braithwaite, C. A. (in press). “Which is my good leg?”: Cultural communication of persons with disabilities. In K. Verderber & E.
MacGeorge (Eds), Inter-Act (14th ed.). New York NY:
Oxford University Press.

Lee, R., & Blood, A. (in press). Ideographic criticism. In J. Kuypers (Ed.). Art of Rhetorical Criticism (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. Accompanying new critical essay, “The conundrum of and the: The discourse sur-rounding LeBron James’ leaving and returning home.”

Ewalt, J., Ohl, J. & Pfister, D. S. (2016, in press)
Rhetorical field methods in the tradition of imitatio. In R. Asen, K. Chávez, S. MacKinnon, and R.G.
Howard (Eds.) Text + Field. University Park, PA:
Pennsylvania State University Press.

Schrodt, P., & Braithwaite, D. O. (in press).    No longer understudied, but still misunderstood: Expanding communication scholarship on stepfamily relationships.” Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. In K. Floyd & M. T. Morman (Eds.), Widening the family circle: New research on family communication (2nd edition).

Soliz, J., & Lin, M.-C. (in press)    Friends and allies: Communication in grandparent-grandchild relationships. In K. Floyd & M. Mormon (Eds.) Widening the family circle: New research on family communication (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Diana Breshears of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Dawn O. Braithwaite, Willa Cather Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies have won the National Communication Association’s GLBTQ Communication Studies division Monograph of the Year award for 2015. Their article, "Discursive Struggles Animating Individuals' Talk About Their Par-ents' Coming Out as Lesbian and Gay," was published in the Journal of Family Communication in 2014. Diana Breshears earned her PhD in 2011 from the Depart-ment of Communication Studies at UNL.

Dawn O Braithwaite will be awarded the James

Ferris Award for Contributions to Communication and
Disability Studies from the National Communication
Association Disability Issues Caucus (2015). Dawn and co-honoree Teresa Thompson (University of Dayton) are two of the earliest disability communication
researchers and published the Handbook of communi-cation and people with disabilities: Research and
application (2000, Erlbaum).

Kathy Castle was the recipient of the department’s Bruce Kendall Faculty award in April 2015.

Dr. Kathy Krone and her co-author Dr. Erika Kirby have won the National Communication Association’s Charles H. Woolbert Research Award. The Charles H. Woolbert Research Award is named for one the discipline’s early founders. This is an association-level award whose winners are chosen by the NCA Research Board, celebrating research that has stood the test of time.  The Woolbert Award is in recognition of their research:
Kirby, E., & Krone, K. (2002). "The policy exists but you can't really use it": Communication and the structuration of work-family policies. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 30, 50-77.
Drs. Kirby and Krone will receive the award at NCA’s awards ceremony on Saturday November 21, at the association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

 Dr. Bill Seiler has won the National Communication Association’s NCA’s Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award. This is an association-level award whose winners are chosen by a committee of those specializing in instructional communication and former award winners. Dr. Seiler will receive the award at NCA’s awards ceremony on Saturday November 21, at the association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Top Paper Award Grants and Fellowships

Metts, S., Braithwaite, D. O., Schrodt, P., Wang, T., Holman A., J, Nuru A. K., & Stephenson Abetz, J. (2013, April).    An exploratory study of experience and expression of emotions of stepchildren at critical events in stepfamily life. Paper presented to the Interpersonal and Small Group
Communication Division Central States Communication Association, Kansas City. *Top Paper

Grants and Fellowships

Dr. Jody Kellas received a College of Arts &
Sciences Enhance Grant to support her research

Dr. Damien Pfsiter and UNL colleagues have re-ceived a third year of funding from the U.S. Depart-ment of State to fund the U.S. Institute on Civic En-gagement (SUSI) program that brings African Stu-dent leaders to UNL in spring.

Dr. Jordan Soliz was awarded one of three UNL
Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consorti-um’s Minority Health Disparities Grants. His award is for $22,870 to support his project, “Family Dynamics, Identity, and Psychological Well-Being in Multiethnic-racial Individuals.”

Dr. Carly Woods received a Research Develop-ment Grant from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication to support “The Problem with Purple Penguins: Gender Trouble at a Site of Ordinary Democracy,” 2015.

Graduate Student Accomplishments

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communication Studies Graduate Students published articles including:

Bonander, A. R., & Marsh, M. L. (2015) Modern mimicry and You Tube: How technology has influ-enced pedagogy and performance of poetry interpre-tation within competitive forensics. Communication Studies, 66 (4), 448-457.

Brockhage, K. & Phillips, K. (in press) (Re)Negotiating Our Relationship: How contradictions emerge in sibling privacy boundaries. Journal of Com-munication.

Ivey, C.L. (in press) Glossary (not) for non-ADHD partners: Negotiating relational terms after the diagno-sis. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research.

Ivey, C.L. (2014) Qu(er/ry)ing Christianity: Ques-tions, answers, and more questions. Kaleidoscope: A graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research,13.

Ivey, C.L. (in press) Combating epistemic violence with Islamic feminism: Qahera vs. FEMEN. Women’s Studies in Communication.

Ivey, C.L. (2015) Debra Hawhee’s Rhetorics, Bod-ies, and Everyday Life. Watershed: A critical thinking blog. Retrieved from:!Debra-Hawhee’s-Rhetorics-Bodies-and-Everyday-Life/c16ee/55ef209a0cf20cc524a385f3.

Moore, J., & Abetz, J. S. (forthcoming). “Uh oh. Cue the [new] mommy wars”: The ideology of
combative mothering in popular US newspapers
articles about attachment parenting. Southern
Communication Journal.

Moore, J., Kienzle, J., & Flood Grady, E. (2015).
Discursive struggles of tradition and non-tradition in the retrospective accounts of married couples who cohabited before engagement. Journal of Family Communication, 15, 95-112.

De Fazio, L., Sgarbi, C., Moore, J., & Spitzberg, B. H. (forthcoming). The impact of criminalization of stalk-ing on Italian students: Adherence to stalking myths. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Phillips, K. & Schrodt, P. “Sibling Confirmation as a Moderator of Rivalries and Relational Outcomes in Sibling Relationships.” Journal of Family Communication.

Burnham, J, & Ewalt, J.P. (in press)    "Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the Restricted Universe of Popular Culture Production," in S. Rees ). Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical approaches. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Ewalt, J.P., Ohl, J.J., & Pfister, D.S. (in press)    Activism, deliberation, and networked public screens: Rhetorical scenes from the Occupy moment in Lincoln, Nebraska (Parts 1 and 2). Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies.

Ewalt, J., Ohl, J., and Pfister, D.S. (2013)   Activism, deliberation, and networked public screens: Rhetorical scenes from Occupy Lincoln (Part 1 & 2). Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 13 (3), 173-90.

Ohl, J. (2013, April)   In search of “the multitude”: A bio-political alternative to McGee’s “people.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, MI. * Top Four Paper in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division.

Ohl, J., & Potter, J. (in press)    United we lynch: The (re)membering of racial violence in Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America. Southern Journal of Communication. Scarecrow Press.

Kranstuber Horstman, H. (2012)    “Love stories aren’t always like the movies”: The positive and negative relational implications of inherited parental courtship stories. In J. Koenig Kellas (Ed.) Family storytelling: Negotiating identity, teaching lessons and making meaning. Routledge: New York, NY.

Ndiaye, K., Silk, K., Anderson, J., Hurley, A. L., Carpenter, A., Kranstuber Horstman, H., & Proulx, J. (in press)    Using an ecological framework to understand parent-child communication about nutritional decision-making and behavior. Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Holman, A., & Sillars, A. (2011)    Talk about “Hooking Up”: The influence of college student social networks on non-relationship sex. Health Communication, 27(2), 205-216. DOI:

Top Paper Awards

Carter, J. Kenneth Burke Society, NCA 2015, "Good Metonyms Make Great Metaphors: Embracing the Opportunities for Scientific Forms in Non-Scientific Contexts."

Downing, J. NCA 2015 Top Papers (Kenneth Burke Society: Escaping Entelechy: Exploring Inter-sections of Piety and Style Religious Communication Association: Keeping the Feast: Digitality, Counter-publics, and Conversations Surrounding Christian Seders.

Paul Schrodt (Texas Christian University) and Kaitlin Phillips had the Top Paper in the Family Communi-cation Division at NCA: "Self-Disclosure and
Relational Uncertainty as Mediators of Family
Communication Patterns and Relational Outcomes in Sibling Relationships.”


Amy Arellano won American Forensics Asscociation’s coveted New Coach Award this year:

Allison Bonander won the department’s Bruce Kendall Award for teaching.

Darcy Hahn won the ICA Outstanding Thesis Award from the Interpersonal Communication

Jamie Downing, Elizabeth Flood Grady and Kaitlin Phillips were named Phyllis Japp Scholars.

Julia Moore was awarded one of the American
Association of University Women (AAUW)
Dissertation Fellowships, one of just 40 nationwide.

Kaitlin Phillips, Inaugural Graduate Student
Leadership Award; Phyllis Japp Scholar.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate Students serve in leadership roles at UNL and in our professional associations, including:

Raymond Blanton,    Popular Culture and Media Studies Interest Group Paper Reader, CSCA; William H. Thompson Scholar Instructor; Tutor/Mentor Nebraska Athletics.