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Maurer, Christy Dale

Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Online Programs


Research Areas research areas



  • Curriculum Design, Effective Communication Practices, Leadership Development, rhetoric


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courses taught

  • COMM 2400 - Discourse, Culture and Identities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022
    Considers how communication is central to constructing who people are and examines social controversies related to talk and identities. Students learn to analyze and understand discourse, defined as everyday talk and conversation, through the practice of discourse analysis.
  • COMM 3310 - The Craft of Argument
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
  • COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Learn to collect and analyze qualitative data (interviews, observations, focus groups) in order to answer research questions about communication and society. Focuses on research that investigates meaning, understanding, process, and interpretation in order to enhance our knowledge of human interaction. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3760 - Rhetorical Criticism
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Considers what it means to do rhetorical research. Explores various methods for analyzing all forms of public discourse, such as political speeches, advertising, activist campaigns, and popular entertainment, to better understand their effects and influence. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600 and COMM 3300.
  • COMM 4220 - Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Topical seminar on the functions of communication across interpersonal, group, organizational, and public contexts. Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and conflict, persuasion, and ethical dimensions of communication practices.
  • COMM 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Studies are pursued in communication-related work experience projects that generally require 40 hours on the job per credit hour and evidence (e.g., journal, paper and employer evaluation) of significant learning. Recommended prerequisite: 57 hours of overall course work, 18 hours of communication course work completed, 2.50 overall GPA and a faculty sponsor. The 14-hour limit in the major applies to any combination of independent study and internship credit and does not count toward the 33 hours required for the major.
  • COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.

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