Craig Maier

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Communication & Rhetorical Studies

340 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.4855


Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University, 2008
M.A., Corporate Communication, Duquesne University, 1998
B.A., Classical Civilization, Duquesne University, 1996

Dr. Maier's research and teaching emphasizes philosophical, critical, and interpretive approaches to corporate communications, with a special focus on understanding and helping complex organizations and institutions as they struggle with complexity, risk, and change. He teaches courses in integrated marketing communication, public relations and advocacy, economic and financial communication, and research methods. His first book, Communicating Catholicism, was named 2017 Book of the Year by 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.


Recent Scholarship


Maier, C. T. (2016). Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the American Roman Catholic Diocese. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Winner, 2017 Book of the Year, Religious Communication Association

Journal Articles (2012 - Present)

Maier, C. T. (2018). Light and shadows: Appreciative inquiry, communication ethics literacy, and the opioid epidemic. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 18(1), 1-6. doi:10.1080/17459435.2018.1529699

Maier, C. T. (2018). Hans Urs von Balthasar: Kneeling rhetoric in dark times. In R. J. Woods & N. K. Wood (Eds.), Words and witnesses: Communication studies in Christian thought from Athanasius to Desmond Tutu (pp. 244-251). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

Maier, C. T. (2017). Dwelling in Mary's smile: Pope Francis's culture of encounter and the skandala of our times. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 13(3), 313-318. doi:10.1386/macp.13.3.313_7

Maier, C. T., & Crist, J. R. (2017). From "wicked crisis" to responsive witness: Jean-Luc Marion and the American Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandal. Southern Communication Journal, 82(3), 164-174. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2017.1315453

Maier, C. T. (2016). Education for the love of the world: Hannah Arendt's philosophy of education and communication studies. The Atlantic Journal of Communication24, 289-301. doi: 10.1080/15456870.2016.1232261

Maier, C. T. (2016). Beyond Branding: Van Riel and Fombrun's Corporate Communication Theory in the Human Services Sector. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 1-9. doi:10.1080/17459435.2015.1088892

Karolak, H. & Maier, C. T. (2015). From "safe spaces" to "communicative spaces": Semiotic labor, authentic civility, and the basic communication course. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 34(2), 88-101.

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.

Book Chapters (2012 - Present)

Maier, C. T., & DeIuliis, D. (2015). Putting the "human" in the human network: Engaging digital business discourse through communicology. In E. Darics (Ed.), Digital Business Discourse (pp. 208-225). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Encyclopedia Entries (2012 - Present)

Maier, C. T. (2018). Reinhold Niebuhr: Christian realism. In R. C. Arnett, A. M. Holba, & S. Mancino (Eds.), An encyclopedia of communication ethics (pp. 345-349). New York: Peter Lang.

Maier, C. T. (2018). Simone Weil: The necessity of roots. In R. C. Arnett, A. M. Holba, & S. Mancino (Eds.), An encyclopedia of communication ethics (pp. 504-508). New York: Peter Lang.

Maier, C. T. (2017). Philosophy of communication. In M. Allen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 1233-1236). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781483381411.n428


Recent Honors and Awards


Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award, Pennsylvania Communication Association


Harvey Kelly Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pennsylvania Communication Association

Winner, 2017 Book of the Year, Religious Communication Association



Editorial Boards

Reviewer, Journal of Communication and Religion, 2013-present

Reviewer, Atlantic Journal of Communication, 2015-present

Reviewer, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 2015-present

Reviewer, Communication Quarterly, 2015-present

Reviewer, Christian Higher Education, 2014-present

Reviewer, Public Relations Inquiry, 2016-present

Offices Held

Co-Director, M.A. Program, 2016-present

Co-Director, Undergraduate Program, 2013-present

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Program, 2012-2013

Director, 1-Year M.A. in Corporate Communication, 2014-present

Director of Marketplace Research and Development, 2014-present

Faculty Advisor, IABC Student Professional Organization, 2014-2017

Faculty Advisor, Duquesne PRSSA, 2013-2017

Faculty Advisor, Duquesne Ad Club, 2012-2017

Production Editor, Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, 2012-present

Public Relations Officer, Pennsylvania Communication Association, 2012-2015