This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana Department of Communication Studies. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Beyond the Bike; Identity and Belonging of Free Cycles Members, Caitlyn Lewis

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Adherence and Uncertainty Management: A Test Of The Theory Of Motivated Information Management, Ryan Thiel

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Redskins Revisited: Competing Constructions of the Washington Redskins Mascot, Eean Grimshaw

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A Qualitative Analysis of Belonging in Communities of Practice: Exploring Transformative Organizational Elements within the Choral Arts, Aubrielle J. Holly

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Training the Professoraite of Tomorrow: Implementing the Needs Centered Training Model to Instruct Graduate Teaching Assistants in the use of Teacher Immediacy, Leah R. Johnson

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Beyond Blood: Examining the Communicative Challenges of Adoptive Families, Mackensie C. Minniear

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Attitudes Toward Execution: The Tragic and Grotesque Framing of Capital Punishment in the News, Katherine Shuy

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Knowledge and Resistance: Feminine Style and Signifyin[g] in Michelle Obama’s Public Address, Tracy Valgento

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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BLENDED FRAMEWORK: BILL MCKIBBEN'S USE OF MELODRAMA AND COMEDY IN ENVIRONMENTAL RHETORIC, Megan E. Cullinan

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THE INFLUENCE OF MEDICAL DRAMAS ON PATIENT EXPECTATIONS OF PHYSICIAN COMMUNICATION, Kayla M. Fadenrecht

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Diabesties: How Diabetic Support on Campus can Alleviate Diabetic Burnout, Kassandra E. Martin

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Resisting NSA Surveillance: Glenn Greenwald and the public sphere debate about privacy, Rebecca Rice

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Rhetoric, participation, and democracy: The positioning of public hearings under the National Environmental Policy Act, Kevin C. Stone

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Socialization and Volunteers: A Training Program for Volunteer Managers, Allison M. Sullivan

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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THIRD PARTY EFFECTS OF AFFECTIONATE COMMUNICATION IN FAMILY SUBSYSTEMS: EXAMINING INFLUENCE ON AFFECTIONATE COMMUNICATION, MENTAL WELL-BEING, AND FAMILY SATISFACTION, Timothy M. Curran

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Commodity or Dignity? Nurturing Managers' Courtesy Nurtures Workers' Productivity, Montana Rafferty Moss

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"It Was My Job to Keep My Children Safe": Sandra Steingraber and the Parental Rhetoric of Precaution, Mollie Katherine Murphy

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Free Markets: ALEC's Populist Constructions of "the People" in State Politics, Anne Sherwood

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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COMMUNICATIVE CONSTRUCTION OF EXPECTATIONS: AN EXAMINATION OF EXPECTATIONS REGARDING MOTHERS IN NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTION, Jordan A. Allen

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Let’s talk about sex: A training program for parents of 4th and 5th grade children, Elizabeth Kay Eickhoff

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"You Is The Church": Identity and Identification in Church Leadership, Megan E. Gesler

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This land is your land, this land is my land: A qualitative study of tensions in an environmental decision making group, Gabriel Patrick Grelle

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The Constitution of Queer Identity in the 1972 APA Panel, "Psychiatry: Friend or Foe to Homosexuals? A Dialogue", Dustin Vern Edward Schneider

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The Effect of Religious Similarity on the Use of Relational Maintenance Strategies in Marriages, Jamie Karen Taylor

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Justice, Equality, and SlutWalk: The Rhetoric of Protesting Rape Culture, Dana Whitney Underwood

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Collective Privacy Boundary Turbulence and Facework Strategies: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of South Korea and the United States, Min Kyong Cho

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COMMUNICATING ARTIFACTS: AN ANALYSIS OF HOW MUSEUMS COMMUNICATE ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY DURING TIMES OF CONTROVERSY AND FINANCIAL STRAIN, Amanda Renee Cornuke

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Communication Apprehension and Perceived Responsiveness, Elise Alexandra Fanney

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Improving Patient-Provider Communication in the Health Care context, Charlotte M. Glidden

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What They Consider, How They Decide: Best Practices of Technical Experts in Environmental Decision-Making, Cassandra J. Hemphill

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Rebuilding Place: Exploring Strategies to Align Place Identity During Relocation, Brigette Renee McKamey

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Sarah Palin, Conservative Feminism, and the Politics of Family, Jasmine Rose Zink

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Salud, Dignidad, Justicia: Articulating "Choice" and "Reproductive Justice" for Latinas in the United States, Kathleen Maire de Onis

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Environmental Documentary Film: A Contemporary Tool For Social Movement, Rachel Gregg

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In The Pink: The (Un)Healthy Complexion of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kira Stacey Jones

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Jihad as an Ideograph: Osama bin Laden's rhetorical weapon of choice, Faye Lingarajan

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The Heart of the Matter: The Function and Relational Effects of Humor for Cardiovascular Patients, Nicholas Lee Lockwood

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Feeling the Burn: A Discursive Analysis of Organizational Burnout in Seasonal Wildland Firefighters, Whitney Eleanor Marie Maphis

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Making A Comeback: An Exploration of Nontraditional Students & Identity Support, Jessica Kate McFadden

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In the Game of Love, Play by the Rules: Implications of Relationship Rule Consensus over Honesty and Deception in Romantic Relationships, Katlyn Elise Roggensack

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Assessing the balance: Burkean frames and Lil' Bush, Elizabeth Anne Sills

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Discipline of Identity: Examining the Challenges of Developing Interdisciplinary Identities Within the Science Disciplines, Nicholas Richard Burk

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Occupational Therapists: A Study of Managing Multiple Identities, Katherine Elise Lloyd

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Discourse, Identity, and Culture in Diverse Organizations: A Study of The Muslim Students Association (University of Montana), Burhanuddin Bin Omar

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The Skinny on Weight Watchers: A Critical Analysis of Weight Watcher's Use of Metaphors, Ashlynn Laura Reynolds-Dyk

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You Got the Job, Now What?: An Evaluation of the New Employee Orientation Program at the University of Montana, Shiloh M. A. Sullivan

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Because We Have the Power to Choose: A Critical Analysis of the Rhetorical Strategies Used in Merck's Gardasil Campaign, Brittney Lee Buttweiler

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Communicative Strategies Used in the Introduction of Spirituality in the Workplace, Matthew Alan Condon

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Cultures in Residence: Intercultural Communication Competence for Residence Life Staff, Bridget Eileen Flaherty

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The Influence of Sibling Support on Children's Post-Divorce Adjustment: A Turning Point Analysis, Kimberly Ann Jacobs

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TALK ABOUT “HOOKING UP”: HOW COLLEGE STUDENTS‟ ACCOUNTS OF “HOOKING UP” IN SOCIAL NETWORKS INFLUENCES ENGAGING IN RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, Amanda J. Olson

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The Effect of Imagined Interactions on Secret Revelation and Health, Adam Stephens Richards

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Teaching Intercultural Communication Competence in the Healthcare Context, Jelena Stojakovic

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Quitting versus Not Quitting: The Process and Development of an Assimilation Program Within Opportunity Resources, Inc., Amanda N. Stovall

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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IMAGES AS A LAYER OF POSITIVE RHETORIC: A VALUES-BASED CASE STUDY EXPLORING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN VISUAL AND VERBAL ELEMENTS FOUND ON A RURAL NATURAL RESOURCES NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WEBSITE, Vailferree Stilwell Brechtel

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Relational Transgressions in Romantic Relationships: How Individuals Negotiate the Revelation and Concealment of Transgression Information within the Social Network, Melissa A. Maier

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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THE SOCIALIZATION OF SEASONAL EMPLOYEES, Maria Dawn Blevins

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Friends the family you choose (no matter what: An investigation of fictive kin relationships amoung young adults., Kimberly Anne Clinger

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Public relations in nonprofit organizations: A guide to establishing public relations programs in nonprofit settings, Megan Kate Gale

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Negotiated Forgiveness in Parent-Child Relationships: Investigating Links to Politeness, Wellness and Sickness, Jennifer Lynn Geist

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Developing and Communicating Better Sexual Harassment Policies Through Ethics and Human Rights, Thain Yates Hagan

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Managing Multiple Identities: A Qualitative Study of Nurses and Implications for Work-Family Balance, Claire Marie Spanier

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BEYOND ORGANIC: DEFINING ALTERNATIVES TO USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC, Jennifer Ann von Sehlen

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Interpretations and Responses to Student Immediacy Cues, Clair Owen Canfield

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Verbal negotiation of affection in romantic relationships, Andrea Ann Richards

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Art of forgiveness, Carrie Benedict

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"We shall fight for the things we have always held nearest our hearts": Rhetorical strategies in the U.S. woman suffrage movement, Stephanie L. Durnford

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War on Terror Middle-East peace and a drive around the ranch: The rhetoric of US-Saudi diplomacy in the post-911 period, J. Robert Harper

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What do you mean by competence?: A comparison of perceived communication competence among North Americans and Chinese, Chao He

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Rhetoric of public interest in an inter-organizational environmental debate: The Fernie mining controversy., Shelby Jo. Long

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Investigation of the initiation of short-term relationships in a vacation setting., Aneta Milojevic

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"It 's the other way around"| Sustainability, promotion, and the shaping of identity in nonprofit arts organizations, Georgi A. Rausch

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Child left behind: An examination of comforting strategies goals and outcomes following the death of a child, Kelly R. Rossetto

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Profile of the modern smokejumper| A tension-centered lens on identity and identification, Cade Wesley Spaulding

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Influence of attachment dimensions on relational maintenance behaviors in long-distance versus geographically close romantic relationships., Jian Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Reinventing selves: Talking about emerging identities during midlife, Marilyn L. Carlin

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Faking it: Emotional labor and prostitution, Mary Pat Dutton

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Through the looking glass: The communication between nonprofit coalitions and the community, Matthew G. Isbell

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"Just do it!"| A rhetorical criticism of Nike's "Hero" advertising campaign for women, Jennifer Joi Lewis

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Laying on of language: Representations of the body in healthcare discourse., Jennifer E. Moffat

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Women & men tending together : gender & communication factors for nurses, Shawna M. Starkey

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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Whispering in the wind: Text and tradition in Blackfeet apologia, Rowland G. Freeman

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"We're tough girls:" Responding to the challenges of women's entrepreneurship in Montana, Rebecca E. Gill

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Keep your brands off my body: A feminist analysis of the Girl Scout cookie sale, Kenlyn S. Kjesbo

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Easing transition: A resource for high school students with disabilities as they transition into college, Eric Tanner Strauss

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Decolonizing higher education: Respecting indigenous cultures knowledge and scholarship., Danielle M. De La Mare

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Information and communication technology in education: Toward building a literacy program., Bryan A. Hansen

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"Just trying to spread the groove" creating and sustaining community online at Phishhook.com, Daniel J. Lair

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Relational development model of executive coaching as a tool for organizational change, Shaun Martinz

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Whispers in the woods: A turning point analysis of theories of relationship development on a month long canoe trip, Kelly Nicole Schackmann

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Deforestation rhetoric and Japan's timber trade., Mari Yoshimura

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Student leadership guide, Brendon Lee Burchard

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Transcending from the race for First Lady to the race for first lady President| A rhetorical criticism of Elizabeth Dole, Kimberly Sue Flansburg

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The function of values and values-related discourses in disputes between socially responsible companies and labor unions, Andrew J. Gilla

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Communication and Alzheimer's disease : the perspective of the primary provider, Suzanne A. Grubaugh

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Cross-cultural studies of the ESL classroom : a bridge between American and Japanese classrooms, Tomoe Ito

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Video recall assessment of parent-adolescent communication and understanding, Traci L. Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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"Where are all the foresters?": Women and leadership in the United States Forest Service, Susan A. Czajkowski

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"Divine wisdom and grace guided St. Frances..." A rhetorical analysis of the ultimate terms in the narratives of "The Little Flower of St. Francis", Karen Feilzer Fishman

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Community communication: Exploring the "rhythm" of togetherness, Jolane Flanigan