Mei-Chen teaches classes such as communication and aging, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication. Her research interests are older adults' identity representation online, cross category intergroup communication, and quality of intergenerational relationships. Her new research projects focus on difficult conversations between aging parents and adult children, and uncertainty management in interpersonal contexts.
Margaret Garmon assists with media relations and special events coordination for the School of Communication Studies. She oversees the intern and practicum students assigned to the school as well as teaches a number of courses in the school.
Kelly Schobinger is a special assistant and computer coordinator. She maintains the undergraduate and graduate computer labs as well as the classroom and faculty/staff computers. She also is fulfilling the duties of undergraduate program assistant and budget officer for the school.
Research Interests: History and Criticism of Public Address, The Rhetoric's of Art, Music and Popular Culture, Movement Studies, Rhetorical Epistemology
Current Research Projects: The Rhetoric of the Motorcyclists' Rights movement; "From 'On the Beach' to 'The Day After': The Nuclear Holocaust Genre"; "The Rhetoric of the Tea Party Movement" "Competing Ideologies of the Vietnam Era: Voices from the Cultural Divide"
Janet Meyer teaches in the areas of persuasion, communication theory, communication and cognition, measurement & analysis, research methods, and language & meaning. Her recent research has focused on factors influencing the production of regretted messages, learning from regretted messages, the cognitive processes underlying the production of requests, politeness in request messages, and the effect of situational factors on the pursuit of secondary goals.
Dr. McCullough’s research interests include areas where the influence of the mass media and interpersonal communication intersect including consumer and political socialization. In particular, recent work she has conducted examines the effectiveness of various mediation strategies which aim to reduce the unintended effects of advertising on younger children. By exploring different methods of parent-child communication and how children process advertising, this research tests strategies aimed to reduce the children’s materialistic attitudes.
Jeff has over 30 publications that advance an understanding of communication in three main areas: 1) communication technologies and human interaction, 2) interpersonal and family communication from diverse cultural perspectives, and 3) instructional communication effectiveness.