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Larry Erbert, PhD

Associate Professor and Sustainability Minor Chair

Curriculum Vitae​

E-mail: Larry Erbert
Office Location: 3008
Phone: Please contact via email
Expertise Areas: Conflict/negotiation/mediation; organizational communication; leadership and teambuilding; interpersonal communication; and environmental communication.​​

Education and Degrees

PhD, Communication Studies, The University of Iowa, 1996 

MS, Communication, Fort Hays State University, 1988 

BA, Communication, Fort Hays State University, 1983


Dr. Erbert is a past member of the UTEP Department of Communication faculty and was a research fellow in the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies. He was the founder/director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and a co-founder of the Center for Organizational Innovation and Human Development. Larry served as associate editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships from 2006-2011. Larry serves as an advisory board member for MSS/MHUM, a steering committee member for University Honors and Leadership Program, the director of the mediation certification, and a member of the sustainability minor faculty.  

Scholarly interests: environmental communication, sustainability, organizational communication—leadership, team-building, and change, conflict, mediation, and negotiation. He is currently working on two book projects: Communication Theory in Everyday Life (with Floyd, Trethewey, and Schrodt) and Conflict Communication Basics (with Duck and Aleman). Current empirical projects focus on environmental sustainability, blindsided conflict, and communication at the U.S./Mexico border.   

Dr. Erbert teaches courses in organizational leadership and change, organizational communication, communication and conflict, negotiation and bargaining, qualitative research methods, interpersonal communication, environmental communication, leadership and sustainability. Research publications can be found in outlets such as: The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Western Journal of Communication, Small Group Research, Journal of Social Psychology, Communication Studies, and the Iowa Journal of Communication.

Select Publications

Refereed Journal Articles 

Erbert, L.A., (in press). Organizational sensemaking: Interpretations of workplace  "strangeness." International Journal of Business Communication.

Erbert, L. A., (2014). Antagonistic and non-antagonistic dialectical contradictions in organizational conflict. International Journal of Business Communication, 51, 138-158.

Erbert, L. A., & Aleman, M. (2008). Taking the grand out of grandparent: Dialectical tensions in grandparent perceptions of surrogate parenting. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25, 671-695.

Erbert, L. A., Mearns, G. M., & Dena, S. (2005). Perceptions of turning points and dialectical interpretations in organizational team development. Small Group Research, 36, 21-58.

Erbert, L. A. & Floyd, K. (2004). Affectionate expressions as face-threatening acts: Receiver assessments. Communication Studies, 55, 230-246.

Erbert, L. A., Perez, F, & Gareis, E. (2003). Turning points and dialectical interpretations of immigrant experiences in the United States. Western Journal of Communication, 67, 113-137. (lead article)

Floyd, K., & Erbert, L. A. (2003). Relational message interpretations of nonverbal matching behavior: An application of the social meaning model. Journal of Social Psychology, 143, 581-597.

Erbert, L. A. (2000). Conflict and dialectics: Perceptions of dialectical contradictions in marital conflict. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 17, 638-659.

Baxter, L. A., & Erbert, L. A. (1999). Perceptions of dialectical contradictions in turning points of development in heterosexual romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16, 547-569.

Erbert, L. A., & Trank, D. (1995). Status of speech and theater education in Iowa secondary schools: A look at the last 20 years. Iowa Journal of Communication, 27, 29-65.


Floyd, K., Tretheway, A., Schrodt, P., & Erbert, L.A. (Forthcoming 2015). Exploring Communication Theory: Making Sense of Us. Pearson Publishing.

Courses Taught

COMM 1011 Fundamentals of Communication

COMM 2042 Introduction to Environmental Communication

COMM 2041 Interpersonal Communication

COMM 2045 Workplace Communication

COMM 4082 Wilderness Communication

COMM 4230/5230 Nonverbal Communication

COMM 4240/5240 Organizational Communication

COMM 4255/5255 Negotiation and Bargaining

COMM 4260/5260 Communication and Conflict

COMM 4282/5282 Environmental Communication

COMM 4710/5710 Communication Training and Development

COMM 4710/5710 Marital Communication

COMM 5221/6221 Qualitative Research Methods

COMM 6013 Introduction to Graduate Work in Communication

ANTH 3310 Sustainability I

SUST 3010 The Unsustainable Past

SUST 3011 The Sustainable Future

UHL 3110 Leadership, Communication, and Conflict

UHL 3250 Leadership and Sustainability