Faculty and Staff

Maria Blevins, PhD


Maria Blevins is a scholar of organizational and environmental communication. As the population grows and global climate change ushers in unprecedented changes to M. Blevinshuman/environment interactions, Maria is interested in the ways organizations involved with disputes concerning natural resource are communicating and how organizational identities effect that communication. Through research she hopes to gain knowledge that will facilitate changes in organizations and institutions to support a more sustainable mode of functioning. The study of organizational communication theory offers a lens to investigate how organizations perform as actors in environmental conflicts. In addition,  She is also a facilitator in alternative dispute resolution for contentious issues regarding the environment. She researches and teaches skills in communication and conflict resolution to help individuals who act within organizations to navigate conflicts in a changing world. In her spare time, she loves to whitewater raft, she has rafted over 40 rivers all over the world.

Courses Taught:

 COMM 1020 Principles of Public Speaking

COMM 2120 Small Group Communication and Decision Making in person and online

COMM 350R Communicating in Environments

COMM 350 R Communicating Happiness

COMM 3020 Communication Methods

COMM 3050 Theories of Communication and Culture

COMM 4170 Advanced Organizational Communication

COMM 4930 Communication Senior Capstone


 Ph. D.  Communication Studies University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

 M.A. Communication Studies University of Montana, Missoula, MT

 Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

 B.S. Recreation Management, University of Maine at Machias, Machias, ME