Craig T. Maier, Ph.D.Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies
350 College Hall
Education:Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University, 2008
M.A., Corporate Communication, Duquesne University, 1998
B.A., Classical Civilization, Duquesne University, 1996
Dr. Maier teaches courses in integrated marketing communication and corporate communication in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Grounded in the rhetoric and philosophy of communication, his research explores how nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other significant institutions can offer constructive responses to an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace. His research on Roman Catholic diocesan administration in the United States received the 2008 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association.
Before joining the Duquesne faculty, Dr. Maier spent twelve years working with and for organizations in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he worked with the Dewey & Kaye division of ParenteBeard LLC as a consultant, where he focused on business development and nonprofit corporate communication.
Prior to his work with Dewey & Kaye, Dr. Maier spent eleven years in the nonprofit sector, gaining experience in communication planning, project management, professional writing, document design, change management and crisis communication for both grassroots and large organizations. His work as a planner, project manager and designer has received numerous national awards, including three Proclaim Awards from the Catholic Communications Campaign.
Publications (2010 - Present)
Maier, C. T. (2015). Public relations as humane conversation: Richard Rorty, stakeholder theory and public relations practice. Public Relations Inquiry, 4(1), 25-39.
Maier, C. T., O'Neil, N. B., & Fritz, J. M. H. (2014). Who reads Catholic newspapers? Exploring readership in a changing industry. Journal of Media and Religion, 13(3), 153-169.
Maier, C. T. (2014). Discerning "the signs of the times" in American Catholicism: Parish pastoral councils and parish pastoral research. Journal of Religious Leadership, 13(1), 133-160.
Maier, C. T. (2014). Pursuing purpose on the Christian liberal arts campus: Dialogic education as vocational conversation. Christian Higher Education, 13(3), 209-224.
Maier, C. T. (2013). Attentive waiting in an uprooted age: Simone Weil's response in an age of precarity. Review of Communication, 13(3), 225-242.
Maier, C. T. (2010). Neoliberalism. In R. L. Jackson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of identity (Vol. 2, pp. 501-503). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 501-503.
Maier, C. T. (2010). War. In R. L. Jackson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of identity (Vol. 2, pp. 877-881). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Recent Honors and Awards (2009 - Present)
Top Paper Award, Applied Communication Division, 2013 Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference
Top Paper Award, Communication Ethics Division, 2009 National Communication Association Annual Conference
Representative Departmental, State, Regional, and National Professional Service (2012 - Present)
Duquesne University Service
Director, Undergraduate Program
Faculty Advisor, Duquesne Ad Club
Faculty Advisor, Duquesne PRSSA
Service to the Discipline
Public Relations Officer, Pennsylvania Communication Association
Production Editor, Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture
Reviewer, Journal of Communication and Religion