Welcome to the School of Communication.

Dr. William Cupach

Professor Emeritus
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • Ph D Communication Arts & Sciences - 1981
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California
  • BA Communication Arts - 1978
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • BA Economics - 1978
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Cupach, W. R. (2015). Communication competence in the management of conflict. In A. F. Hannawa & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds.), Communication competence (pp. 341-366, Vol. 22, Handbooks of communication science, P. J. Schulz & P. Cobley, eds.). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Metts, S., & Cupach, W. R. (2015). Face theory: Goffman’s dramatistic approach to interpersonal interaction. In D. O. Braithwaite & P. Schrodt (Eds.), Emerging theories in interpersonal communication (2nd ed., pp. 229-240). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Cupach, W. R., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2015). Unilateral union: Obsessive relational intrusion and stalking in a romantic context. In D. O. Braithwaite & J. T. Wood (Eds.), Casing interpersonal communication: Case studies in personal and social relationships (2nd ed., pp. 131-136). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
  • Cupach, W. R. (2015). Interpersonal conflict. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), The concise encyclopedia of communication (pp. 299-301). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Sprecher, S., Felmlee, D., Metts, S., & Cupach, W. R. (2014). Relationship initiation and development. In P. Shaver & M. Mikulincer (Eds.), APA handbook of personality and social psychology [Vol. 2, Interpersonal relationships and group processes, J. Simpson & J. Dovidio (volume eds.), pp. 211-245]. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Spitzberg, B. H., & Cupach, W. R. (2014). The dark side of relationship pursuit: From attraction to obsession and stalking (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Spitzberg, B.H., Cupach, W. R., Hannawa, A. F., & Crowley, J. P. (2014). A preliminary test of a relational goal pursuit theory of obsessive relational intrusion and stalking. Studies in Communication Sciences, 14, 29-36. doi: 10.1016/j.scoms.2014.03.007
  • Cupach, W. R., & Carson, C. L. (2012). Interpersonal criticism through the lens of communication competence. In R. M. Sutton, M. J. Hornsey, & K. M. Douglas (Eds.), Feedback: The communication of praise, criticism, and advice (pp. 139-152). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Spitzberg, B. H., & Cupach, W. R. (2012). Epilogue: The power of the dark side. In T. Socha & M. Pitts (Eds.), The positive side of interpersonal communication (pp. 313-321). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Willer, E. K., & Cupach, W. R. (2011). The meaning of girls’ social aggression: Nasty or mastery. In W. R. Cupach & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds.), The dark side of close relationships—II (pp. 297-326). New York: Routledge.
  • Spitzberg, B. H., & Cupach, W. R. (2011). Interpersonal skills. In M. L. Knapp & J. Daly (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of interpersonal communication (4th ed., pp. 481-524). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Cupach, W. R., & Spitzberg, B. H. (Eds.) (2011). The dark side of close relationships—II. New York: Routledge.
  • Cupach, W. R., Spitzberg, B. H., Bolingbroke, C. M., & Tellitocci, B. S. (2011). Persistence of attempts to reconcile a terminated romantic relationship: A partial test of relational goal pursuit theory. Communication Reports, 24, 99-115. doi: 10.1080/08934215.2011.613737
  • Fellowship
  • International Association for Relationship Research
  • 2015
  • Gerald R. Miller Book Award
  • Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • 2015
  • Hall of Fame
  • Central States Communication Association
  • 2015
  • Milton Dickens Award for Exemplary Empirical Research (for outstanding article published in the journal Communication Reports, 2010-2012)
  • Western States Communication Association
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Career Scholar Award
  • Western States Communication Association
  • 2013
  • Distinguished Lecturer
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Illinois State University
  • 2011
  • Janice Witherspoon Neuleib Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement
  • 2011
  • Top Competetive Panel Award
  • Central States Communication Association
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Book Award
  • International Association for Relationship Research
  • 2006
  • Outstanding University Researcher Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2005