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Craig Maier

Assistant 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 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.


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., & 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. (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


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