Welcome to the School of Communication.

Dr. Aimee Miller-Ott

Associate Professor
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • COM 331.Sec 001 Human Communication & The Aging ProcessDownload Syllabus
  • COM 400.Sec 030 Independent Study
  • COM 474.Sec 001 Seminar In Interpersonal CommunicationDownload Syllabus
  • COM 325.Sec 001 Theory And Research In Interpersonal CommunicationDownload Syllabus
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Interpersonal communication Family communication Dark side of interpersonal communication Communication research methods
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • The communicative management of information and identity. I have studied this in a variety of contexts (e.g. post-divorce relationships; parent-child relationships; women’s decision-making about health; relational aggression), from a variety of theories (e.g. Communication Privacy Management Theory; Facework Theory; Relational Dialectics Theory), and conceptually via turning points, technology, social support, and communication rules.
  • Ph D Interpersonal and Family Communication/Instructional Communication - 2007
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Communication Privacy Management of Coparents Concerning Post-Divorce Dating
  • MA Interpersonal Communication - 2002
  • California State University
  • Fullerton
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Sharing and Satisfaction: Orientation to Self- Disclosure as Predictor of Marital Satisfaction
  • BS Speech Communication - 2000
  • Northern Arizona University
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Houston, D., Gjesfjeld, C., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (2017). Manuscript- Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment (FAYS I). Normal, IL: Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies.
  • Houston, D., Gjesfjeld, C., Avant, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (2017). Final Report-Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment. Chicago, IL: The Spencer Foundation.
  • Kelly, L., Miller-Ott, A. E., & Duran, R. L. (2017). Sports scores & intimate moments: An expectancy violations theory approach to partner cell phone behaviors in adult romantic relationships. Western Journal of Communication, 81, 619-640. doi: 10.1080/10570314.2017.1299206
  • Miller-Ott, A. E. (2017). Developing and maintaining a foster family identity through foster parents’ identity work. Journal of Family Communication, 17(3), 208-222. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2017.1293061
  • Houston, D., Gjesfjeld, C., Miller-Ott, C., Gholson, T., Schaeffer, L., & Brown, M. (2016). Higher Education as the Lifeline to Social Mobility for Former Foster Youth: A Comprehensive Needs and Assets Assessment. Normal, IL: Center for Child Welfare and Adoption Studies.
  • Miller-Ott, A. E. (2015). Communication in single parent families. In C. R. Berger & M. E. Roloff (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication. WileyBlackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118540190
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., & Kelly, L. (2015). The presence of cell phones in romantic partner face-to-face interactions: An expectancy violation theory approach. Southern Communication Journal, 80, 253-270. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2015.1055371
  • Duran, R. L., Miller-Ott, A. E., & Kelly, L. (2015). The role of mobile phones in romantic relationships. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch028
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., Kelly, L., & Duran, R. L. (2014). Cell phone usage expectations, closeness, and relationship satisfaction between parents and their college-aged children. Emerging Adulthood, 2, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/2167696814550195
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., & Kelly, L. (2013). Mean girls in college: An analysis of how college women communicatively construct and account for relational aggression. Women’s Studies in Communication, 36, 330-347. doi: 10.1080/07491409.2013.829792
  • Miller-Ott, A. E. (2013). Factors that influence separated/divorced parents’ sharing of personal information. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 54, 282-294. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2013.780464
  • Harrigan, M. M., & Miller-Ott, A. E. (2013). The multivocality of meaning making: An exploration of the discourses college aged daughters voice in talk about their mothers. Journal of Family Communication, 13, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2013.768249
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., & Kelly, L. (2013). Communication of female relational aggression in the college environment. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 14, 19-27. doi: 10.1080/17459435.2013.835338
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., & *Linder, A. (2013). Romantic partners’ use of facework and humor to communicate about sex. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 14, 69-78. doi: 10.1080/17459435.2013.835344
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., Kelly, L., & Duran, R. L. (2012). The effects of cell phone usage rules on satisfaction in romantic relationships. Communication Quarterly, 60, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2012.642263
  • Schrodt, P., Miller, A. E., & Braithwaite, D. O. (2011). Ex-spouses’ relational satisfaction as a function of coparental communication in stepfamilies. Communication Studies, 62 (3), 272-290. doi: 10.1080/10510974.2011.563453
  • Miller-Ott, A. E., & Durham, W. T. (2011). The role of social support in young women’s communication about the genital HPV vaccine. Women’s Studies in Communication, 34, 183-201. doi: 10.1080/07491409.2011.618239
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Gjesfjeld, C.D., Houston, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (April 2017). Former foster youth in college: A needs and assets assessment. Roundtable session at American Educational Research Association – San Antonio, TX

  • Gjesfjeld, C., Houston, D., Miller-Ott, A., & Gholson, T. (2016). Former Foster Youth in College: A Needs and Assets Assessment. American Educational Research Association (AERA), Unit: Division J - Postsecondary Education; Section: Division J - Section 2b: College Student Success and Outcomes.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award
  • 2017
  • Jamie Comstock Award
  • School of Communication
  • 2017
  • Humanities Center Faculty Fellow
  • “Seeking Love after Divorce” for “Love and Desire” Humanities Seminar
  • 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • National Society of Leadership and Success, University of Hartford
  • 2012