The Department of Communication Studies maintains a vibrant and supportive climate for research activities. Faculty members are actively engaged in a broad range of research programs reflecting numerous research perspectives and traditions. Here are some examples of recent publications by faculty members.
- Marita Gronnvoll authored "Media Representations of Gender and Torture Post-9/11." Published by Routledge in 2010.
- Joe Heumann co-authored "Ecology and Popular Film" along with EIU English Professor Robin Murray. Published by SUNY Press in 2009.
- Gail Mason authored "Small Group Interaction Instructor’s Manual". Published by McGraw-Hill in 2009.
- Melanie Mills co-authored "Dirty Work". Published by Baylor University Press in 2007.
- Gail Mason co-authored "Public Speaking: Choices for Effective Results." Published by Kendall-Hunt in 2007.
- Olaf Hoerschelmann authored "Rules of the Game: Quiz Shows and American Culture." Published by SUNY Press in 2006.
- Rich Jones co-authored "Contesting neoliberalism through critical pedagogy, intersectional reflexivity, and personal narrative: Queer tales of academia" in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2012.
- Elizabeth Gill co-authored "Older parents and adult daughters: A comparison of communication and coping during the decision to move to a care facility" which was published in Research on Aging in 2012.
- Claudia Janssen authored "Addressing corporate ties to slavery: Corporate apologia in a discourse of reconciliation." which was published in the 2012 edition of Communication Studies.
- Elizabeth Gill co-authored "Home Sweet Home: Conceptualizing and Coping with the Challenges of Aging and the Move to a Care Facility" in Health Communication in 2011.
- Rich Jones authored "Putting privilege into practice through 'intersectional reflexivity': Ruminations, interventions, and possibilities" in Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping in January of 2010.
- Marita Gronvoll co-authored "From Viruses to Russian Roulette to Dance: A Rhetorical Critique and Creation of Genetic Metaphors" in Rhetoric Society Quarterly in 2010.
- Elizabeth Gill co-authored "A Phrase Well Turned: Creative Facility in Narrative Production" inCommunication Studies in 2010.
- Marita Gronnvoll co-authored "Believing in both genetic determinism and behavioral action: A materialist framework and implications" in Public Understanding of Science in November of 2009.
- Elizabeth Gill co-authored "The creative character of talk: Individual differences in narrative production ability" which was published by the Journal of Communication Studies in 2009.
- Matt Gill authored "Corporations brought to you by NASCAR: Rhetorical identification through corporate sponsorship" in the International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship in April of 2008.
- Marita Gronnvoll co-authored "Religious framework as a lens for understanding the intersection of genetics, health, and disease" in the American Journal of Medical Genetics in 2008.
- Melanie Mills authored “Intersections Between Work and Family: When a Playpen Can be Office Furniture” in a special issue of Women’s Studies in Communication in 2008.
- Elizabeth Gill co-authored "To hope or to know: Uncertainty and ambivalence in women’s magazine breast cancer articles" in the Journal of Applied Communication Research in 2007.
- Matt Gill co-authored "The relative predictability of incivility on interpersonal and organizational trust" which will appear in "Problematic relationships in the workplace: volume II" which is currently in press.
- Matt Gill authored "Communicating organizational history to sports fans" in the book "Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the Fandemonium" in 2012.
- Rich Jones authored "Queering marriage and family in the 2006 Colorado election" in the book "Queer Identities / Political Realities" in 2009.
- Matt Gill co-authored "Rising concerns about workplace incivility and interpersonal trust" in the book "Destructive Organizational Communication: Processes, Consequences and Constructive Ways of Organizing" in 2009.
- Brian Sowa authored "The power of corporate brand names: Integrated marketing in action" in the book "Contemporary Thoughts on Corporate Branding and corporate Identify Management" in 2008.
- Shirley Bell authored "Negotiating intimate family ties in family conversation" in the book "Family Communication Theories and Research" in 2007.
- Melanie Mills authored "Miles of trials: The lives and livelihood of long haul truckers" in the book "Who Says? Working Class Rhetoric, Class Consciousness, and Community" in 2007.
- Melanie Mills authored "Without trucks we'd be naked, homeless, & hungry" in the book "Who Says? Working Class Rhetoric, Class Consciousness, and Community" in 2007.
- David Gracon produced "Walls of Sound - A Look Inside the House of Records". It's a 63 minute documentary about an independent record store in Eugene, Oregon. It has been screened at various film festivals.
Many faculty members have included additional information about their research on their individual pages, which are accessible from the faculty list.