Dr. Mary Beth Asbury

Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Beth Asbury
(615) 898-2275
Room 230C, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 200, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Fall 2018:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 am - 9:30 am; Wednesdays - virtual only 11 am - 1 pm; and by appointment

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas (2011)
  • M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2006)
  • A.B., University of Georgia, Athens (2004)

Areas of Expertise

Communication and Politeness

Stigma and Communication

Publications

Scholarly Research  

Asbury, M. B., Kratzer, J. M. W., Brinthaupt, T. M. (2017). The stickiness of weight stigma: An examination of residual weight stigma, stigma targets, and willingness to date. Social Behavior Research and Practice, 2, 18-26. doi: 10.17140/SBRPOJ-2-108

Wagner, P. E., Kunkel, A. D., Asbury, M. B., Soto, F. V. (2016). Civilized (trans)gressions: Gender, health, and the divergin...

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Scholarly Research  

Asbury, M. B., Kratzer, J. M. W., Brinthaupt, T. M. (2017). The stickiness of weight stigma: An examination of residual weight stigma, stigma targets, and willingness to date. Social Behavior Research and Practice, 2, 18-26. doi: 10.17140/SBRPOJ-2-108

Wagner, P. E., Kunkel, A. D., Asbury, M. B., Soto, F. V. (2016). Civilized (trans)gressions: Gender, health, and the diverging valence of trans* stigma. Women & Language, 39, 49-74.  

Asbury, M. B. & Woszidlo, A. (2016). Understanding the role of family communication in the development of weight stigma. Health Psychology Report, 4, 1-11. doi: 10.5114/hpr.2016.57682  

Asbury, M. B. & Woszidlo, A. (2013). Coping with obesity: The use of problem and emotion focused strategies on Weight Watchers.com message boards. Ohio Journal of Communication, 50, 85-105.  

Keyton, J., Beck, S. J., & Asbury, M.B. (2010). Macrocognition: A communication perspective. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science, 11, 272-286. doi: 10.1080/14639221003729136  

 

Pedagogical Publications  

Asbury, M. B.,& Kratzer, J. M. W. (2018). Bringing theory to life: The use of autoethnography to encourage theoretical understanding. Carolina Communication Annual, 34, 73-81.

Asbury, M. B. & Webb, N. G. (2018). Will you date me?”: Understanding the importance of audience analysis. In J. S. Seiter, J. Peeples, & M. L. Sanders, Communication in the classroom: A collection of GIFTS. Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin’s.  

Asbury, M. B. & Jones, V. B. (2018). The “Law and Order” of using effective sources in a speech. In J. S. Seiter, J. Peeples, & M. L. Sanders, Communication in the classroom: A collection of GIFTS. Boston, MA: Bedford/St.Martin’s.

Asbury, M. B., & Beck, S. J. (2012). The “reality” of working in small groups. In F. Mullen & W. Mullen (Eds.), Teaching communication creatively: Practical ideas to enhance student learning. Lynchburg, VA: Liberty University Press. ISBN 13: 978-1-935986-35-5

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Awards

2018                Featured paper panel, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender

2017                Top 3 Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association  

2016                Named as an instructor who “made a la...

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2018                Featured paper panel, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender

2017                Top 3 Paper, Interpersonal Communication Division, Southern States Communication Association  

2016                Named as an instructor who “made a lasting impact” on University Honors student in her final senior survey, Middle Tennessee State University, Summer 2016  

2013-2017       Named a person “who makes a real difference” and someone who is “committed to the development of students” by students in their final senior university survey, Middle Tennessee State University. Received this designation the following semesters: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Summer, 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring, 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017  

2016                Recipient of the 2016 Civic Advocacy Award from the MTSU LGBT+ College Conference, “All Identities.” Award was voted on by the 2016 Conference Corporate Advisory Board  

2015                Recipient of the Outstanding Advisor Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University  

2015                Recipient of the Dwight L. Freshley Outstanding New Teacher Award from the Southern States Communication Association. The award “honors SSCA members who have demonstrated teaching excellence early in their careers.”  

2013                Recipient of the Bob Womack Award for the “faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the classroom” from the Student Government Association, Middle Tennessee State University

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Research/Scholarly Activity

My research interests primarily focus on the examination of identity and intergroup communication in health and interpersonal contexts. Specifically, I focus on weight/obesity stigma and politeness in interpersonal and health interactions. To study these phenomena, I use mixed-method designs, incorporating survey methods, content analysis, qualitative interviewing, and language and discourse analysis.

Courses

Applied Projects in Organizational Communication

Conflict in Organizations

Directed Study

Family Communication

Fundamentals of Communication

Health Communication

Health Communication Campaigns

Interpersonal Communication

Interview Communication

Introduction to Organizational Communication

Internships in Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication in Communities (non-profit organizations)

Organizational Communication Analysis

Nonverbal Communication

Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

Strategic Communication in Organizations

Small Group Communication