Skip to main content

Dr. Nici Ploeger-Lyons, Ph.D. (she/her)

Nici Ploeger-Lyons
  • Associate Professor
  • Business Communication and Information Systems
  • College of Business

Teaching Interests
  • Business Presentations
  • Workplace Relationships
  • Interviewing
Research and Creative Activities
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Workplace Relationships

Ph.D., Organizational Communication, University of Oklahoma

M.A., Communication, University of Oklahoma

B.A., Corporate Communication, University of Central Oklahoma


Published Research

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Bisel, R. S. (2023). Confronting idea stealers in the workplace: The unfortunate moral credentialing granted to power holders. International Journal of Business Communication, 60(4), 1123-1147. (Published OnlineFirst, 2021).

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., Butler, J. A., & Modaff, D. P. (2022). The roles of hierarchical and relational closeness in confrontations about idea stealing. Ohio Communication Journal, 60, 1-15.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Butler, J. A. (2022). Investing in equity: Starbucks's challenges and responses to advancing racial equity. International Journal of Instructional Cases.

Bi, D., & Ploeger-Lyons, N. A. (2022). (Un)wanted and (un)sought services: Exploring the funeral industry positivity and rural funeral directors' destigmatization. Communication Studies.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Keyton, J. (2021). Work processes in teams: How do we communicate to do work? In S. B. Beck, J. Keyton, & M. S. Poole (Eds.), The Emerald handbook of group communication. Emerald.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Butler, J. A. (2021). Pervasive sexual harassment at McDonald’s: A timeline of struggles to “do the right thing.” The International Journal of Instructional Cases, 5.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Ormes, G. (2020). Socializing with coworkers about wrongdoing at the annual company barbeque. In R. S. Bisel & M. W. Kramer (Eds.), Case studies in organizational communication: A lifespan approach. Oxford.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A. (2018). Developing a team contract as a means to understand, apply, and reify small group communication concepts. In J. S. Seiter, J. Peeples, & M. L. Sanders (Eds.), Communication in the classroom: A collection of G.I.F.T.S. (pp. 291-295). Bedford/St. Martin's.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Kelley, K. M. (2017). Coworker communication. In C. R. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication (pp. 545-559). Jon Wiley & Sons.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. (2017). t-test, independent samples. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 1789-1790). SAGE.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. (2017). t-test, one sample. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 1791-1792). SAGE.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. (2017). t-test, paired samples. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 1794-1795). SAGE.

Ploeger, N. A., & Bisel, R. S. (2013). The role of identification in giving sense to unethical organizational behavior: Defending the organization. Management Communication Quarterly, 27, 155-183. doi: 10.1177/0893318912469770

Ploeger, N. A., Kelley, K. M., & Bisel, R. S. (2011). Hierarchical mum effect: A new investigation of organizational ethics. Southern Communication Journal, 76, 465- 481.

Bisel, R. S., Kelley, K. M., Ploeger, N. A., & Messersmith, J. (2011). Workers’ moral mum effect: On facework and unethical behavior in the workplace. Communication Studies, 62, 153-170.

Previous Professional Experience

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (2013-2020)

Department of Communication Studies, Associate Professor of Organizational and Professional Communication, tenured (2018-2020)

Department of Communication Studies, Assistant Professor of Organizational and Professional Communication (2013-2018)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2011-2013)

Department of Speech Communication, Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication