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Mary F. Hoffman, Ph.D.

MaryHoffman_smProfessor and Chair of the department

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My goal as a teacher and researcher is to help improve lives through communication. How we interact with friends, family, coworkers, and how we participate as citizens as well as producers and consumers of mediated messages have a daily impact on our quality of life.

I completed my Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas in 2000. From 2000 until 2008, I was a member of the faculty and director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos. I enjoy teaching classes in public and organizational communication, and in organizational rhetoric.

My recent research has focused on how organizations and individuals use communication to negotiate the meaning and practice of work/life balance. My work has appeared in Communication Studies, Communication Quarterly, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, and Western Journal of Communication.

Outside of work, I enjoy a good mystery novel, Packer victories, and time with family and friends. I am a Wisconsin native, and am happy to return to the upper Midwest.