Research Activities

The Department of Communication is pleased to spotlight the research programs of our faculty. Also see our news page for other student and faculty accomplishments.

Dr. Katherine L. Adams

Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Utah

Recent publications:

Adams, K., & Galanes, G.  (2009).  Communicating in groups: Applications and skills (7th ed.).  New York: McGraw Hill.

Galanes, G., and Adams, K. (2007).  Effective group discussion: Theory and practice (12th ed.).  New York: McGraw Hill.

Adams, K.  (2004).  Of all things, Communication is the most wonderful.  Western Journal of Communication, 67 (4), 449-452.

Adams, K.  (2001, October).  Critical incidents questionnaire: A critical reflective teaching tool.  Exchanges: The On-Line Journal on Teaching and Learning in the CSU

Dr. Kevin J. Ayotte

Associate Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Recent publications:

Ayotte, K. J., & Moore, S. D. (in press). Terrorism, language, and community dialogue. In D. O'Hair, R. Heath, K. J. Ayotte, & G. Ledlow (Eds.), Terrorism: Communication and rhetorical perspectives. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Ayotte, K. J., & Husain, M. E. (in press). Securing Afghan women: Neocolonialism, epistemic violence, and the rhetoric of the veil. National Women’s Studies Association Journal,17.

Ayotte K., Poulakos, J., & Whitson, S. 2002. Mistaking Nietzsche: Rhetoric and the epistemic pest. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 88, 121-127.

Ayotte, K. J. (2002). The art of war: Aristotle on rhetoric and fear. In K. Boudouris & T. Poulakos (Eds.), Studies in Greek Philosophy: Vol. 2, no. 40. The Philosophy of Communication (pp. 45-57). Athens, GR: Ionia Publications.

Mitchell, G. R., Ayotte, K. J.,& Helwich, D. C. (2001, July). Missile defence: Trans-Atlantic diplomacy at a crossroads (International Security Information Service-UK Briefing Series on Ballistic Missile Defence No. 6). Available at

Ayotte, K. J. (2001). Rhetoric and the possibility of truth: Platonic epistemology in the Phaedrus and the Symposium. In K. Boudouris (Ed.), Studies in Greek Philosophy: Vol. 1, no. 36. Greek Philosophy and Epistemology (pp. 29-41). Athens, GR: Ionia Publications.
Ayotte, K. J. (2000). Constructions of violence: Labor, capital, and hegemonic struggle in the Pullman strike of 1894. In Carol A. Stabile (Ed.), Turning the century: Essays in media and cultural studies (pp. 217-234). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Ayotte, K. J. (2000). Aesthetic Rhetoric in Plato’s Phaedrus. In K. Boudouris (Ed.), Studies in Greek Philosophy:Greek Philosophy and the Fine Arts :Vol. 2, no. 34 (pp. 11-21). Athens, GR: Ionia Publications, 2000.

Ayotte, K. J. (2000). Critical erasure: Deconstructing the rhetoric of feminist international relations theory. International Journal of Forensics, 2, 169-176.

Dr. Diane Blair

Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Recent publications:

Blair, D. (in press). We go ahead together or we go down together: The civil rights rhetoric of Eleanor Roosevelt. In Aune, J. (Ed.). Civil rights rhetoric and the American presidency. College Station: Texas A&M University.

Blair, D., & Parry-Giles, S. (2004). Rosalynn Carter: Crafting a presidential partnership. In M. Wertheimer (Ed.), Inventing a voice: The rhetoric of American First Ladies of the twentieth century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Blair, D. (2004). Review of FDR’s body politics: The rhetoric of disability, by Davis W. Houck and Amos Kiewe. Argumentation and Advocacy, 40 (4), 292-294.

Blair, D. (2003). Review of FDR and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural Address by Davis W. Houck. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 89 (4), 376-377.

Parry-Giles, S., & Blair, D. (2002). The rise of the rhetorical first lady: Politics, gender ideology, and women’s voice, 1789-2002. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 5, 565-600.

Blair, D. (2001). No ordinary time: Eleanor Roosevelt’s address to the 1940 Democratic National Convention. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 4 (2), 203-222 .

Blair, D., Gring-Pemble, L., & Watson, M. (2001). Speeches. In Beasley, M., Beasley, G., Shulman, H. (Eds.). The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Gring-Pemble, L., & Blair, D. (2000). Best-selling feminisms: The rhetorical production of popular press feminists’ “romantic quest.” Communication Quarterly, 48, 360-379.

Dr. Douglas Fraleigh

Professor of Communication
J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Recent publications:

Fraleigh, D. & Tuman, J. (2009). Speak Up: An Illustrated Guide to Public Speaking. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Fraleigh, D. (2005). First Amendment Challenges to Content-Based Restrictions on Internet Expression: The Importance of the Standard of Review. In S. Drucker & G. Gumpert (Eds.), Real Law@ Virtual Space: Regulation in Cyberspace (2nd ed.) (pp. 65-80). Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press.

Fraleigh, D. (2004). Freedom of Speech in Occupied Nations: What Should Be the Obligations of an Occupying Power? Free Speech Yearbook 41, 97-112.

Fraleigh, D. (2004). Review of The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s by R. Cohen & R. Zelnik (Eds.). Free Speech Yearbook, 41, 189-92.

Fraleigh, D. (2003). ACLU v. Reno. In R. Parker (Ed.), Free Speech On Trial: Communication Perspectives on Landmark Supreme Court Decisions (pp. 298-312). University of Alabama Press.

Tuman, J. & Fraleigh, D. (2003). The St. Martin’s Guide to Public Speaking. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Dr. Marnel Niles Goins

Associate Professor of Communication
Ph.D., Howard University

Recent publications:

Niles Goins, M. (2011). Playing with dialectics: Black female friendship groups as a homeplace. Communication Studies, 62, 531-546.

Niles, M. N., & Gordon, N. S. (Eds.) (2011). Still searching for our mothers’gardens: Experiences of new, tenure track women of color at ‘majority’ institutions. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Niles, M. N. (2011). Living creativity: Teaching as art. In M. N. Niles & N. S. Gordon (Eds.), Still Searching for Our Mothers’ Gardens: Experiences of New, Tenure Track Women of Color at ‘Majority’ Institutions. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Prater, A., Mao, Y., Niles, M. N., & Qian, Y. (2011). Disclose and demystify: The discrepancy between the concept of diversity and the action of diversity in the face of “stubborn faculty, wary students, and unsupportive administrators.” In M. N. Niles & N. S. Gordon (Eds.), Still Searching for Our Mothers’ Gardens: Experiences of New, Tenure Track Women of Color at ‘Majority’ Institutions. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Nicotera, A. M., Clinkscales, M. J., Dorsey, L. K., & Niles, M. N. (2009). Race as political identity: Problematic issues for applied communication. In. L. R. Frey & K.N. Cissna (Eds.), RoutledgeHandbook of Applied Communication Research (pp. 203-232). New York: Routledge.

Niles, M. N., & Theophile-LaFond, A. (2007). Education, language, and literature: An

Afrocentric analysis of ‘Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears’. Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators, 6, 18-28.

Dr. Robert Powell

Professor of Communication
Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Recent publications:

Powell, R. G., & Caseau, D.  (2004).  Classroom communication and diversity: Enhancing instructional practice.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.