Maureen Ebben Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Certification from the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- M.A., Sociology, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, England, (awarded with a Mark of Distinction)
- M.A., Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Certification from the International/Intercultural Centre for the Built Environment, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- B.A., Communication, Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, (magna cum laude)
Maureen earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carroll College, Wisconsin in Communication, a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, England. Her doctorate is from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In addition, she holds certification from the International/Intercultural Centre for the Built Environment, Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois. Her doctoral dissertation, which focused on women and information technology, won the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.
Before joining the Communication department at USM, Maureen was an Associate Professor in the department of Communication at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas where she received the Distinguished Faculty award for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
In addition, Maureen was the recipient of the National Communication Association Top Paper Award in the Women’s Studies Division. Her work on gender and technology resulted in the volume Women, Information Technology, and Scholarship, co-edited with Cheris Kramarae, and published by the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois.
Her teaching and research interests include communication and health, cultural studies, technology, media, theory, methods, criticism, gender, film, family communication, popular culture, organizational and interpersonal communication.
Maureen’s hobbies include music, art, travel, and cooking for friends and family. She lives in Gorham with her husband, Jeff, their two children, and numerous pets.
Areas of Expertise
Communication and information technology, Communication and social media, Cultural studies, Media theory and criticism, Gender studies, Interpersonal Communication, Communication theory, Critical theory, Health communication, Communication research methods. Qualitative and interpretive research methods.
Ebben, M. (2016, October). “Transgressing the Line Between Professional and Social Activism.” Workshop conducted for the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) Annual Conference, Chicago.
Ebben, M. (2016, February). “Senior Salute: The St. Paul’s Rape Case, Media, and Communicating Consent.” Presentation at the Western States Communication Association Annual Conference, San Diego.
Ebben, M. (2015, October). “MaineStreet 101: Understanding and Using MaineStreet for Advising.” USM Advising Workshop, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME.
Ebben, M. (2014, May). “Using MOOCs as a Resource for Teaching and Learning.” THAT Camp Conference: The Humanities and Technology Camp, New England, Boston University, Boston, MA.
Ebben, M. (2014, May). “A Review of MOOC Research.” Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) Speaker Series Event. University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME.
Ebben, M. (2014, April). “Popular Culture as Essential to Identity Construction.” Central States Communication Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Ebben, M (2016, October) “Addressing Microaggressions: Transgressing the Line between Professional and Social Activism” at the Organization for the Study of Language, Communication and Gender Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 14, 2016.
Awards and Recognition
Engaged Faculty Fellows and Engaged Department, President’s Leadership Awards. USM.
CTEL Online Course Redesign Grant from the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) for redesign of online Senior Seminar course, CMS 480 Gender Communication, University of Southern Maine, 2015-2016.
Engaged Department Grant, Department of Communication and Media Studies, USM, 2015 to present.
Engaged Faculty Fellow Grant, Department Department of Communication and Media Studies, USM, 2015 to present.
Co-PI, MEIF Grant for $150,000 for the Professional Ethics and Strategic Communication Research Cluster (PESC) to Advance Maine’s IT/Cyber Security Workforce.