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Amber Messersmith

Lecturer of Management
HLH 325 J
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
(402) 472-5222
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  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Kansas
  • B.S. in Organizational Communication, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Areas of Expertise
  • Experiential Philanthropy
  • Business Communication
  • Lecturer, 2015
11-14-19 Messersmith Curriculum Vitae.pdf
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Dr. Amber Messersmith earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Kansas. She joined the College of Business in Fall 2015, and teaches MNGT411 Leading People and Projects and BSAD220 Business Writing each semester.

Selected Publications/Articles
  • Messersmith, A. S. (2015). Preparing students for 21st Century teamwork: Effective collaboration in the online group communication course. Communication Teacher, 29(4), 219-226. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2015.1046188

  • Bisel, R. S., & Messersmith, A. S. (2012). Organizational and supervisory apology effectiveness: Apology giving in work settings. Business Communication Quarterly, 75 (4), 426-449. doi: 10.1177/1080569912461171.

  • Keyton, J., Beck, S. J., Messersmith, A. S., & Bisel, R. S. (2010). Ensuring communication research makes a difference: Thermometers, maps, and duct tape of communication practice. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 306-309.

  • Bisel, R. S., Messersmith, A. S., & Keyton, J. (2010). Understanding organizational culture and communication through a gyroscope metaphor. Journal of Management Education, 34, 342-366.

    Messersmith, A. S., Bisel, R. S., & Keyton, J. (2009). Teaching organizational culture. Communication Teacher, 23, 81-86.

  • Schrodt, P., Witt, P. L., & Messersmith, A. S. (2008). A meta-analytical review of family communication patterns and their associations with information processing, behavioral, and psychosocial outcomes. Communication Monographs, 75, 248-269.

Books and Book Chapters
  • Bisel, R. S., & Messersmith, A. S. (2009). How dare he manage our talk? In J. Keyton & P. Shockley-Zalabak (Eds.), Case studies for organizational communication: Understanding communication processes (3rd ed., pp. 53-56). Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury

Selected Presentations
  • Messersmith, A. S. (May 2019). Learning by Giving Foundation and University of Nebraska Foundation, Doris Buffett’s Unique Approach to Philanthropy: A Discussion of the Impact of Student Giving.


Undergraduate Courses

Leading People and Projects (MNGT 411) - An experiential philanthropy course in which students learn about the nonprofit sector by managing an entire grant process. The class awards $10,000 in funding to local nonprofits each semester. More information can be found at or learn more via our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Business Writing (BSAD 220) - A course covering the principles of effective written communication tailored to business issues and formats, as well as hands-on experience applying these principles.

  • Faculty Initiate, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Alpha Delta Chapter (UNL), Fall 2018 (selected by student membership)

  • Faculty Recipient, UNL Center for Civic Engagement Spirit of Service Award, Spring 2018

  • Dean's Coin, 2016, 2017