Maribeth Metzler

Maribeth S. Metzler

Professor - Emerita


Professional Summary

Maribeth S. Metzler, Educator Professor of Communication, Internship Director, earned her PhD in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996. Her academic background is slightly electic, including an undergraduate degree in Literature (with multiple honors) and a master's degree in Environmental Science. She has professional experience as a technical writer, paralegal, environmental public relations specialist, hazardous waste site safety officer and trainer, and environmental consultant. Prior to joining the faculty at Cincinnati, she taught at Rutgers, SUNY Oswego, and Miami University. Her research interests include environmental and risk communication, the social implications of organizations, and communication ethics. Her recent work has appeared in the American Behavioral Scientist, Handbook of Public Relations (Sage), Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and the Encyclopedia of Public Relations, 2nd Ed (Sage). She is co-editor on a book about communication in the US nuclear weapons production complex with her UC colleague Steve Depoe, Brian Taylor, and Bill Kinsella.  Dr. Metzler teaches courses in Public Relations, Organizational Communication, Communication Ethics, and Internships.


AB, summa cum laude: Miami University Oxford, OH, 1983 (Literature)

MEn: Miami University Oxford, OH, 1988 (Environmental Science/Public Information)

PhD: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY, 1996 (Communication and Rhetoric)

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Trent, J. S., Short-Thompson, C., Mongeau, P. A., Metzler, M. S., Erickson, A. K., and Trent, J. D.  "Cracked and Shattered Ceilings: Gender, Race, Religion, Age, and the Ideal Candidate." American Behaviorial Scientist (2010): 163-183.


Public Relations, Organizational Communication, PRSSA, Environmental Communication