Melissa Maier

Melissa Maier

Ph.D. Student, 4th Year candidate

Office: Johnston Hall 323
Phone: 414-229-2223
e-mail: maier@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: PDF

Focus of Graduate Studies:

My studies and research interests focus on communication in close relationships, including romantic relationships, families, friendships and work relationships. I take a special interest in the conflict and troublesome encounters that occur in these relationships, particularly focusing on how communication is used to manage the relationships when conflict occurs. My research has previously used quantitative and qualitative methods to examine infidelity in romantic relationships, conflict in owner/client relationships, and international conflict intervention. I am currently working on two meta-analyses, one focused on conflict and condom negotiation in sexual encounters and another on the use of reciprocity in negotiations. My dissertation and current research program, focuses on how friends confront friends about risky behaviors. I am currently examining how friends decide to engage their friends in conversations about risky behaviors and how they plan those encounters, considering they want their friends to change their risk behavior, while at the same time preserving their friendship.

Teaching Interests and Experience:

My coursework is preparing me to teach all levels of courses related to interpersonal communication, human conflict, and conflict resolution. I am also prepared to teach research methods courses in both quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as courses in risk communication. I have taught Public Speaking, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Human Conflict, and will begin teaching Peace Studies this fall.

Relevant Professional Service Activities/Non-academic Career Background:

Professional Service
Spring 2010, National Communication Association Peace and Conflict Division Reviewer
Fall 2010, National Communication Association Peace and Conflict Division Panel Chair, Nov. 2010

University Service
2010-2011, Ph.D. Program Peer Mentor, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Spring 2011, Graduate Affairs Committee President, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Fall 2010, Graduate Affairs Committee Vice President, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Spring 2010, Graduate Advisory Committee Representative, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Fall 2009, Undergraduate Committee Representative, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2008-2009, Graduate Advisory Committee Representative, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2006-2007, Faculty Evaluation Committee, University of Montana

Community Service
Fall 2010, Family Mediation, Co-mediator
Spring 2010, Restorative Justice Committee, Participant
2008-2009, Milwaukee Debate League, Judge
2008-2009, Milwaukee Public Schools, Discussion on Peace Circles

Recent Publications:

Allen, M., Dilbeck, K., England, N., Herrman, A., Kartch, F., Kim, J., Kulovitz, K., Lau, A., Maier, M., May, A., McNallie, J., Omori, K., & Shoji, K. (in press). Test of a causal model for sexual harassment using data from a meta-analysis. In N. Burrell, M. Allen, R. Preiss, and B. Gayle (Eds.), Managing Interpersonal Conflict: Advances Through Meta-Analysis. Mahwah, NJ: Taylor and Francis.

Emmers-Sommer, T., Maier, M., & Allen, M. (in press). Condom use and conflict in heterosexual relationships. In N. Burrell, M. Allen, R. Priess, and B. Gayle (Eds.), Managing Interpersonal Conflict: Advances Through Meta-Analysis. Mahwah, NJ: Taylor and Francis.

Ricigliano, R.., Maier, M.A., & Allen, M. (in press). International conflict and intervention: Application of the SAT Model. In N. Burrell, M. Allen, R. Priess, and B. Gayle (Eds.), Managing Interpersonal Conflict: Advances Through Meta-Analysis. Mahwah, NJ: Taylor and Francis.

Maier, M., Kartch, F., Omari, K., Herrman, A. R., & Burrell, N. (in progress). Managing conflict while owning a small business: Saving face and figure in a health club.

Maier, M., Turkiewicz, K. L., Kartch, F., Dindia, K., & Allen, M. (in progress). Sex differences in same-sex friendships: A meta-analysis.

Maier, M., Turkiewicz, K., & Rippke, P. (in progress). Relational maintenance and satisfaction in the stepmother/stepdaughter dyad.