Wayne State University

Dr. Katheryn Maguire


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Katheryn C. Maguire is Professor and Chair in the Department of Communication here at Wayne State University. Her research centers on how individuals use communication to maintain relationships and cope with stressful situations in both distanced and face-to-face contexts. She has also studies the role of computer-mediated interactions in long-distance relationships, with a particular interest in how perceptions of social presence facilitate the accomplishment of both individual and relational goals. Katheryn enjoys teaching and discussing communication concepts with graduate and undergraduate students. She describes her teaching style as an "organized conversation," frequently inviting student input on the day's topic. She has taught a number of different classes, including Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Nonverbal Communication, and Communication Theory. She is author of the book, Stress and Coping in Families, and has published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. When not teaching or researching, Katheryn enjoys spending time with her partner, Ron, and daughter, Katelyn.

To read some media coverage of her work, please visit the following websites:

July, 2015. MentalFloss.com. What Science Has to Say About Long-Distance Relationships. 

September, 2013. Deadline Now. Helping returning veterans and their families. Aired on September 27, 2013, WGTE Toledo, Ohio. 

October, 2012. Times of India and Pune Mirror. India. Commuter love may not be for all couples.  

January 2011. The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, OH. At home in Northeast Ohio, soldiers’ families feel the stress of war in the Middle East. Topic: Stress and coping in military families.  

June 2010. Lovingyou.com. Scottsdale, AZ. 5 essentials for a successful LDR. Topic: Maintaining long distance relationships.  

February 2010. The war over here: Deployments and military family communication. Communication Currents, 5(1). 

December 2006. Women’s Health Magazine. New York. Long Distance Love. Topic: Maintaining long distance relationships.   

Academic Interests

Relational and Family Communication, Stress and Coping, Long Distance Relating, Dark Side Issues in Interpersonal Communication, Relationship Maintenance, Mediated Interaction (Computer and otherwise)

Awards & Honors

Select Awards from the Past 5 Years:


Recipient of the 2014 B. Aubrey Fisher Award, sponsored by the Western States Communication Association, for the lead-authored publication entitled, “To be so connected, yet not at all:” Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment.  This association-wise award recognizes the peer-reviewed article in each volume of Western Journal of Communication that makes the most significant contribution to communication scholarship.


Recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Article Award from the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association for the co-authored publication entitled, Hurtful family environments: Links with individual and relationship variables.



Commitment to Excellence in Graduate Education Award, Graduate Student Association, Department of Communication (August, 2012).


Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship Award (2012) ($5000). Wayne State University. Project: Families without borders: The maintenance of transnational immigrant family relationships



Service to Students Award, College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Wayne State University (April, 2011).


Top paper panel, Interpersonal Communication Division, presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Boston (May, 2011). Paper: Under the gun: Army wives’ use of individual, social, and communal coping in the context of a wartime deployment (lead author).


Harriet Dowdell Bantz, Sandra Petronio, & Charles R. Bantz Faculty Research Award. Department of Communication, Wayne State University.


Degrees and Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Communication), University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Master of Arts (Communication), University of North Texas, 1997

Bachelor of Science (Speech Communication), University of Texas at Austin, 1992; Completion of Secondary Teacher’s Certification Program, 1993

Recent Publications

Maguire, K. (2012). Stress and Coping in Families. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
Journal Articles (select)  

Sahlstein Parcell, E., & Maguire, K. C. (2014). Comfort, cliques, and clashes: The dilemmas that Army wives face when interacting within a family readiness group during wartime. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 497-515.

Sahlstein Parcell, E., & Maguire, K. C. (2014). Turning points and trajectories of military deployment. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 129-148.

Maguire, K. C., & Wilson, S. (2013). Introduction to the special section on communication and wartime deployment. Health Communication, 28, 749-753.

Maguire, K. C., Heinemann, D., & Sahlstein, E. (2013). “To be connected, yet not at all”: Relational presence, absence, and maintenance in the context of a wartime deployment. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 249-271.

Maguire, K., & Kinney, T. (2010). When distance is problematic: Communication and coping in women’s stressful long distance dating relationships. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 27-46.

Sahlstein, E., Maguire, K, & Timmerman, L. (2009). Contradictions and praxis contextualized by wartime deployment:  The wives’ perspective revealed through relational dialectics. Communication Monographs, 76, 421-442.

Maguire, K. (2007). Will it ever end? A (re)examination of uncertainty in college student premarital long-distance romantic relationships. Communication Quarterly, 55, 415-432.

Book Chapters (select)

Maguire, K. C. (in press). Communication in military families. In E. Sahlstein Parcell & L. Webb (Eds.), A communicative perspective on the military: Messages, strategies, meanings. New York: Peter Lang.

Maguire, K. C. (2014). Stress and coping in families: A review and synthesis of communication research. In L. Turner & R. West (Eds.), The Sage handbook of family communication (p. 154-168). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sahlstein, E., & Maguire, K. C. (2013). Family relationships as more than blood: Military families as dialectics and discourses. In S. Marrow & D. Leoutsakas (Eds.), More than blood:  Today's reality and tomorrow's vision of family (p. 174-182). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Maguire, K., & Sahlstein, E. (2012). In the line of fire: Family management of acute stress during wartime deployment. In F. Dickson & L. Webb (Eds.), Communication for families in crisis: Theories, research, strategies. (p. 103-127). New York: Peter Lang. 

Maguire, K., & Connaughton, S.  L. (2011). A cross-contextual examination of technologically mediated communication and presence in long distance relationships. In L. Webb & K. Wright (Eds.),Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships (p. 244-265). New York: Peter Lang. 

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
COM 8170 Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
COM 7810 Seminar in Instructional Communication Education
COM 7410 Communication Theories
COM 7155 Interpersonal Communication Theory
COM 7010 Special Topics: Relational and Family Communication
COM 7000 Introduction to M.A. Studies in Communication
COM 6170 Principles of Interpersonal Communication

Undergraduate Courses
COM 5900 Senior Project in Communication Studies
COM 4210 Introduction to Research Methods
COM 4180 Family Communication
COM 3400 Theories of Communication
COM 4200/3200 Nonverbal Communication
COM 2200 Interpersonal Communication
COM 2000 Introduction to Communication Studies
COM 1010 Oral Communication: Basic Speech