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Dr. Mary Eicholtz

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Mary Eicholtz focuses on organizational communication in her research and teaching. She brings over 17 years of professional experience in administration and management to her teaching and research from fields as diverse as tourism, food service, marketing, and personnel. As she worked in these fields, she saw that communication was central to how we accomplish goals in the workplace. This realization led her to pursue a master's degree in Professional Communication from LaSalle University (1997) and a Ph.D. from Ohio University (2000) in Organizational Communication. Dr. Eicholtz’s dissertation explored how we negotiate identification in the organizations to which we belong.

Dr. Eicholtz teaches courses in Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Introduction to Communication Theory and Research, and Organizational Communication. Before coming to Kutztown University, she taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Mount Union College. When appropriate, Dr. Eicholtz likes to use service-learning in her classes so students can apply what they are learning in the classroom to the communities in which they live and work. In her career, she has taught over 20 different courses and worked with both the Honors program and Gender Studies program at her previous institutions. Her research interests include organizational socialization, what trainees remember and use from training programs, effective leadership communication as it relates to socialization and identification, and the scholarship of learning. Dr. Eicholtz also assists organizations in assessing their communication effectiveness and developing training programs to enhance the organization.

Dr. Eicholtz has published a book chapter on International Consulting in The Consultant’s Craft by Sue DeWine, articles in Management Communication Quarterly, and ENC. She has presented over 30 papers at the National Communication Association and International Communication Association conferences.

When she is not teaching and researching, Dr. Eicholtz enjoys traveling and has visited England, Poland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Korea, and Thailand. She hopes to add more stamps to her passport and encourages all students to take the opportunity to study abroad. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family (especially when at the shore), which includes five siblings and six nieces and nephews. She is also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and shares her home in Reading with her two cats, Max and Boo.