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Department of Communication Sooner Showcase Seminar 2022

Showcase Seminar Speaker

Tom Feeley-COMM


Dr. Matthew S. McGlone


B.S., Louisiana State University, Psychology & Russian Area Studies

M.S., Princeton University, Cognitive Psychology

Ph.D., Princeton University, Cognitive Psychology


Dr. Matthew McGlone is Professor of Communication Studies and Graduate Studies Representative for the M.S. Program in Information Security and Privacy at the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as Chair of NCA’s Division of Communication and Social Cognition (2015-2016) and Director of UTNY (2019 – 2020).  He teaches courses on language, persuasion, deception, and stereotyping/prejudice.


Professor McGlone’s research examines social influence, persuasion, and deception, focusing on language’s key role in these processes. His current research projects explore strategic word choice in messages promoting wellness, patience, disaster preparedness, and prosocial behavior; stereotyping and prejudice in interpersonal communication; (in)civility in social media discourse; and the language people use to describe pain, illness, and addiction.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences, Kozmetsky Family Foundation, Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas, and the Merck Investigator Studies Program.




Current Schedule


University of Oklahoma Department of Communication

Sixth Annual Sooner Showcase Seminar

March 4, 2022, Virtual Meeting, via Zoom

8:45 AM: Meet and Greet


9:00 – 9:45 AM: Area of Emphasis Meetings Part 1(Interpersonal Communication and Social influence, Organizational Communication, and Communication Technology)

Breakout room with graduate students and faculty. Learn more about the program and areas of specialty listed above


10:00 – 10:45 AM: Area of Emphasis Meetings Part 2 (Health Communication, Political and Mass Communication, Intercultural and International Communication)

Breakout room with graduate students and faculty. Learn more about the program and areas of specialty listed above


11:00 – 12:15 AM: Keynote Speaker Address

Dr. Matthew McGlone, Ph.D., Department of Communication, University of Texas at Austin

Presentation title: “Where the Action Is: Agency in Communication”


12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch break)


1:00 – 2:15 PM: Research Presentations Part 1

            Moderator: Dr. Norman Wong

When Politics Enters the Bedroom: How Romantic Couples Manage Politically Differing Views

Ellie Weaver and Ioana Cionea

Organizational and Individual Identity Creation Using the Language of Church of the Highlands

Ryan Beaty

Examining the Relationship Between Family Communication Patterns, Family Sex Communication, and Romantic Sexual Communication Discrepancies

Brittney Morrissey, Julie Sisler, and Anthony Machette

Student Appropriations of a COVID-19 Vaccine Message Using Adaptive Structuration Theory as a Framework

William Wendl


2:30 – 3:45 PM: Research Presentations Part 2

            Moderator: Dr. Jill Edy

Examining Family Communication Patterns and Political Similarities Influences on Relational Closeness and Self-Esteem

Brittney Morrissey and Ant Woodall

The Role of Fear/Anxiety in Motivated Reasoning Towards Political Deliberation

Jesse Porter

Unsought Work: Funeral Directors’ Occupational Stigma Management

Da Bi, Nici Ploeger-Lyons, and Ryan Bisel

Sexual Communication Discrepancies across Cultural Groups in the United States

            Anthony Machette and Gretchen Montgomery


4:00 – 5:00 PM: Q & A

     Informal question and answer period with OU graduate students and Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ioana Cionea


Past Speakers:   

Dr. Brian Houston, Department of Communication, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Adam Richards, Communication Studies, Texas Christian University, 2020
Dr. Tom Feeley, Department of Communication at the University of Buffalo 2019
Dr. Melinda Villagran, Department of Communication Texas State University 2018 (also an alum of our department)
Dr. Sarah Riforgiate, Department of Communication, Kansas State University 2017