Faculty Highlights

Leilani Carver

Leilani CarverView profile

Associate Professor of Communication
Anheuser-Busch Hall 3219

Phone: 314.529.9460

Leilani is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University. Her main areas of teaching and research are organizational communication, intercultural communication and health communication. Dr. Carver’s most recent research explores career communication including career selection processes, college graduates transition to work and generational differences at work. Leilani teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses primarily focusing upon Organizational Communication including Professional and Organizational Communication, Professional and Organizational Ethics, Diversity and Global Communication and Health Communication.

Recent Highlights

Taught a summer study abroad course on International Career Development in Sydney, Australia, summer, 2011.

Writing an evidence-based popular press book to assist college students in effective career selection.

Collaborating with the Director of Maryville’s Health and Wellness Department to create a student centered health campaign in the Fall 2011 Health Communication course.

Recent Conferences

Presented research paper entitled The Bridge of Vocational Calling: Corporate Chaplains and the Stabilizing Discourse of Calling at
the National Communication Association’s annual conference in November 2010.

Presented research paper entitled A Whopper of a Stereotype: Burger King’s Racist Mexican Advertisement at the National Communication
Association’s annual conference in November 2010.

Selected as Lead Guest Speaker at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s annual Image Seminar hosted by SIUE’s Career Services in
February 2011.


Rebecca Dohrman

Rebecca DohrmanView profile

Associate Professor of Communication
Reid 3311

Phone: 314.529.6838

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2010 (Organizational Communication)

MA, Saint Louis University, 2006 (Communication)

BA, Saint Louis University, 2003 (Spanish and International Studies Major)

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University. Her research and teaching interests focus on the intersection of social media and emerging technologies with public relations and organizational communication. Dr. Dohrman also studies entrepreneurship and innovation and the ways that communication professionals must be innovative in their work. Dr. Dohrman has also studied and taught courses in gender and communication for several years.

Recent Highlights

  • Working as an Extension Services Consultant for the National Center for Women in Information Technology
  • Attended Immunity to Change Workshop at Minds at Work with Harvard Professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey in June 2013

Recent Publications

Buzzanell, P.M., Arendt, C., Dohrman, R. L. (2013). Crystallization: Performing and analyzing women engineers’ workplace stories. To be published in J. Manning and A. Kunkel (Eds.), Researching interpersonal relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 Duval-Couetil, N. & Dohrman, R. L. (2012). Development of a multi-disciplinary women and leadership course as a means of increasing awareness of and involvement by women in entrepreneurship education. In E. L. Ruminski & A. M. Holba (Eds.), Communicative understandings of women’s leadership development: From ceilings of glass to labyrinth paths (pp. 97-112). Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

Buzzanell, P. M., Dohrman, R. L., & D’Enbeau, S. (2010). Problematizing political economy             differences and their respective work-life policy constructions. In D. K. Mumby (Ed.),  Reframing difference in organizational communication studies: Research, pedagogy, practice (pp. 245-266). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Recent Conferences

Arendt, C., Dohrman, R.L., Buzzanell, P.M., Litera, N., Rajan, P., O’Connor, E., & Armstrong, C. (2012November). ‘You can do it’ vs. ‘I can do anything’: Divergent self-efficacy discursive strategies of men and women engineers. Presented to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Orlando, Florida.

Arendt, C., Litera, N., Dohrman, R.L., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2012, November) Exploiting fragmented subject positions in engineering. Presented to the annual meeting of the National Communication Association. Orlando, Florida.

Dohrman, R.L. (2012, November). Teaching entrepreneurship skills through strategically ambiguous assignments. Presented to the Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Dohrman, R. L., Buzzanell, P.M., & Duval-Couetil, N. (2012, October). The material reality of the contemporary archetypal entrepreneur: Connections between feminism and entrepreneurialism in the role of bodies at work. Presented to the annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Tacoma, Washington.

Dohrman, R. L. & Buzzanell, P.M. (2012, March). Accessing meaningful work through innovative methodological approaches: Draw-an-Entrepreneur Test and Wordle analyses. Presented to the Central States Communication Association. Cleveland, Ohio.


Dustin York

Dustin York

Director of the Communication Undergraduate and Graduate Programs/Assistant Professor of Communication
Anheuser-Busch Hall 3210

Phone: 314.529.9455

Dustin is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Maryville University. His research and teaching interests include pubic relations, nonverbal communication, emerging technologies in mass communication, and social media. Dr. York also advises Maryville’s student media: Pawprint (newspaper), The Bark (video broadcast), SaintsTalk (podcast).

Recent Highlights

Dr. York recently began a student organization, St. Bernard & Associates, which gives students hands on opportunities to strategize and execute a communication plan for one non-for-profit organization each semester. After the project’s conclusion, Dustin then takes St. Bernard & Associates on a tour to a local communication agency.

Published dissertation:
The Relationship Between Nonverbal Communication and Student Learning.

Recent Publications

York, D. (2014). Professional development: The use of nonverbal communication
during class lecture. Journal of Educational Leadership in Action
York, D. (2014, February 27). Reading your client through facial ‘micro-expressions’. Ragan’s
PR Daily. http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/16117.aspx
York, D. (2013, December 3). 5 Keys to Great Nonverbal Communication. Entrepreneur. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230136

Our Entire Faculty Team

Comm Faculty  Group

Pictured left to right: Leilani Carver, Geri Dreiling, Dustin York, Danielle Oser, Rebecca Dohrman, Jim Schnurbusch