Michael G. Blight

Michael G. Blight

Ph.D Student

e-mail: mblight@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-5095
Office: Johnston Hall 329
Internet: Linked-In

Degree(s):

M.S., Illinois State University, Communication Studies, 2013
B.S., Illinois State University, Public Relations, 2011

Focus of Graduate Studies:

Doctoral student in interpersonal communication, emphasis in new technologies and computer-mediated communication.

Research Interests:

I am interested in how relationships are formed, maintained, and often terminated. My Master’s thesis examined how parasocial relationships with television characters influenced the self-esteem and attachment styles of viewers. Other research interests include the dark side of communication, emotions, and instructional communication.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests include, but are not limited to, instructional communication, interpersonal communication, business communication, leadership, and long-distance relationships.

Teaching Experience:

I currently teach Commun 105: Business and Professional Communication. Additionally, I have taught five sections of public speaking and one section of interpersonal communication at Illinois State University.

Publications:

Blight, M., Lumberg, S., Self, R., & Munz, S. "Transforming the Transformers' community: An analysis of a graduate student organization."

Presentations:

Blight, M., Lumberg, S., Self, R., & Munz, S. "Transforming the Transformers' community: An analysis of a graduate student organization." Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Orland, FL., November, 2012. Top Paper.

Blight, M., Lumberg, S., Self, R., & Munz, S. "Transforming the Transformers: An analysis of a graduate student organization." Poster session at the Illinois State University Graduate Research Symposium, Normal, IL, April, 2012.

Blight, M., Panelist. "Social Media as a Means for Exploring New Possibilities in the Basic Course.” To be presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association , Kansas City, MO, April, 2013.

Blight, M., Panelist. "Transforming the Community: A Graduate Student Organization" Presented at the Illinois Communication and Theater Association, Normal, IL, September, 2011.

Professional Service:

Basic Communication Course Annual (BCCA) Assistant. August, 2012 – May, 2013
Peer Mentor for Graduate Teaching Assistants. August, 2012 – May, 2013
Vice President of Graduate Student Association. August, 2012 – May, 2013
TRANSFORMERS Trainer & Curriculum Designer. August 2010 – May, 2013

Recent Research:

Blight, M. “Why Can't They Be Real? A quantitative study of parasocial relationships with television characters based on self-esteem and attachment styles” Master's Thesis, August 2013.

Blight, M. "Relationships with Television Characters: A Thematic Analysis." Graduate research project with Dr. John R. Baldwin. December 14, 2012.

Blight, M. "Parasocial Attachment with Television Characters: A Self-Esteem and Attach Style Approach." Graduate research project with Dr. William R. Cupach. December 14, 2012.