Katheryn Maguire

Faculty Profile

Department Chair
ar6558@wayne.edu

Honorific

Dr.

Biography

Katheryn C. Maguire is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication here at Wayne State University. Her research centers on how individuals use communication to maintain relationships and cope with stressful situations in both distanced and face-to-face contexts. In 2016, she joined a research team to examine how couples cope with work-family conflict. Katheryn also studies the role of computer-mediated interactions in long-distance relationships, with a particular interest in how perceptions of social presence facilitate the accomplishment of both individual and relational goals. Katheryn enjoys teaching and discussing communication concepts with graduate and undergraduate students. She describes her teaching style as an "organized conversation," frequently inviting student input on the day's topic. She has taught a number of different classes, including Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Nonverbal Communication, and Communication Theory. She is author of the book, Stress and Coping in Families, and has published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When not teaching or researching, Katheryn enjoys spending time with her partner, Ron, and daughter, Katelyn.

To read some media coverage of her work, please visit the following websites:

April 2020, Parents.com, How to be an effective listener for your child

April 2020, BBC.com, How to maintain relationships in self-isolation.

July, 2015. MentalFloss.com. What Science Has to Say About Long-Distance Relationships. 

September, 2013. Deadline Now. Helping returning veterans and their families. Aired on September 27, 2013, WGTE Toledo, Ohio. 

October, 2012. Times of India and Pune Mirror. India. Commuter love may not be for all couples.  

January 2011. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. At home in Northeast Ohio, soldiers’ families feel the stress of war in the Middle East. Topic: Stress and coping in military families.  

June 2010. Lovingyou.com. Scottsdale, AZ. 5 essentials for a successful LDR. Topic: Maintaining long distance relationships.  

February 2010. The war over here: Deployments and military family communication. Communication Currents, 5(1). 

December 2006. Women’s Health Magazine. New York. Long Distance Love. Topic: Maintaining long distance relationships.   

Academic Interests

Relational and Family Communication, Stress and Coping, Work-Family Conflict, Long Distance Relating, Dark Side Issues in Interpersonal Communication, Relationship Maintenance, Mediated Interaction (Computer and otherwise)

2020

Co-Principal Investigator, NSF RAPID Grant (#2031726), Work, Family, and Social Well-being among Couples in the Context of COVID-19

2018

Recipient, Graduate Student Association Mentorship Award, Wayne State University

2017

Recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Article Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association for the co-authored publication entitled, Contradictions and praxis contextualized by wartime deployment: The wives’ perspective revealed through relational dialectics.

Recipient, President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, recognizing faculty who have made outstanding contributions to teaching at Wayne State University.

2016

Recipient of the Laurel Award for Departmental Service, presented by the Department of Communication, Wayne State University.

2015

Top paper panel, Communication Education Interest Group, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI. Paper: Instructor engagement:

Converging the past, present, and future of instructor-student communication in on-line education

2014

Recipient of the 2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award, sponsored by the Western States Communication Association, for the lead-authored publication entitled, “To be so connected, yet not at all:” Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment. This association-wise award recognizes the peer-reviewed article in each volume of Western Journal of Communication that makes the most significant contribution to communication scholarship.

Top paper panel, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN. Paper: A qualitative examination of family communication patterns and lesbian, gay, and bisexual gender identity development.

2013

Recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Article Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association for the co-authored publication entitled, Hurtful family environments: Links with individual and relationship variables.

Recipient (with Hayg Oshagan), Faculty Summer Research Support ($5000), Department of Communication, Wayne State University (2013). Project: Families without borders: The maintenance of transnational family relationships.

Invited to attend the 2013 International Research Symposium, Indianapolis, IN (an invitation-only event for scholars currently working on military family research).

Degrees and Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Communication), University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Master of Arts (Communication), University of North Texas, 1997

Bachelor of Science (Speech Communication), University of Texas at Austin, 1992;

Completion of Secondary Teacher’s Certification Program, 1993

Recent Publications

Book
 
Maguire, K. (2012). Stress and Coping in Families. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
 
Journal Articles (select)  

Montazer, S., Brumley, K. M., & Maguire, K. (2020). Overnight work-travel, work-to-family conflict, and psychological distress. The Social Science Journal. doi: 10.1080/03623319.2020.1756175

Barakji, F., Maguire, K. C., Reiss, H., Gaule, J., Smith, N., Pelliccio, L., Sellnow-Richmond, S., Jeon, J., & Oshagan, J. (2018). Cultural and transnational influences on the use of information communication technologies in adult long distance family relationships: An extension of Media Multiplexity Theory. Journal of Family Communication. doi:10.1080/15267431.2018.1530675

Maguire, K. C., & Sahlstein Parcell, E. (2015). Communication and the coping paradox: The case of Army Spouses and Wartime Deployment. Southern Journal of Communication, 80, 342-354. doi: 10.1080/1041794X.2015.1081973.

Sellnow-Richmond, S. A., Maguire, K. C., Bolen, D. M., Hartshorn, L., & Millard, M. (2015). A qualitative examination of family communication patterns and lesbian, gay, and bisexual gender identity development. Iowa Journal of Communication, 47(1), 50-72.

Sahlstein Parcell, E., & Maguire, K. C. (2014). Comfort, cliques, and clashes: The dilemmas that Army wives face when interacting within a family readiness group during wartime. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 497-515. doi: 10.1177/0265407514521766

 

Responsibilities

comm.wayne.edu/covid19_research/jfc_special_issue_covid_19.pdf Co-Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Family Communication: COVID-19 and Family Communication (deadline: November 1, 2020

Office Location

585 Manoogian Hall

Primary E-mail

kmaguire@wayne.edu

Research Description

Relational and Family Communication, Stress and Coping, Long Distance Relating, Dark Side Issues in Interpersonal Communication, Relationship Maintenance, Mediated Interaction (Computer and otherwise)

Affiliated Departments