Nicole Ploeger-Lyons profile photo

Nicole Ploeger-Lyons

Specialty area(s)

Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication

Brief biography

Dr. Nici Ploeger-Lyons is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She teaches primarily in the Organizational and Professional Communication emphasis area. Her research focuses on the intersection of organizational and interpersonal communication, in contexts such as workplace relationships, organizational identification, and organizational ethics.

Nici's research has been awarded five Top Paper Awards or Best G.I.F.T. Submission Awards. Her published work has appeared in journals such as Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and Southern Communication Journal, and in various communication encyclopedias and handbooks. In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Ploeger-Lyons has experience developing and facilitating training workshops, and she continues to seek out such opportunities in the community.

Current courses at UWL

CST 260: Professional Communication

CST 350: Organizational Communication


Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
M.A., University of Oklahoma
B.A., University of Central Oklahoma

Teaching history

CST 110: Communicating Effectively

CST 230: Interpersonal Communication

CST 260: Professional Communication

CST 301: Theories of Communication

CST 350: Organizational Communication

CST 351: Interviewing: Principles and Processes

CST 365: Communication in Teams

CST 499: Senior Project in Communication Studies

Professional history

Associate Professor of Organizational and Professional Communication, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 2018 - present

Assistant Professor of Organizational and Professional Communication, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 2013-2018

Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2011 - 2013

Research and publishing

Representative Publications include:

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A., & Kelley, K. M. (2017). Coworker communication. In C. R. Scott & L. K. Lewis (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication. Hoboken, NJ: Jon Wiley & Sons.

Dickmeyer, S., & Ploeger-Lyons, N. A. (2017). Organizational culture or organizational cult? In J. P. Fyke, J. L. Faris, & P. M. Buzzanell (Eds.), Cases in organizational and managerial communication: Stretching boundaries (pp. 254-259). New York: Routledge.

Ploeger-Lyons, N. A. (2017). t-test, independent samples; t-test, one sample; t-test, paired samples. In M. Allen (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of communication research methods (pp. 1789-1790; pp. 1791-1792; pp. 1794-1795). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Ploeger, N. A., & Bisel, R. S. (2013). The role of identification in giving sense to unethical organizational behavior: Defending the organization. Management Communication Quarterly, 27, 155-183.

Ploeger, N. A., Kelley, K. M., & Bisel, R. S. (2011). Hierarchical mum effect: A new investigation of organizational ethics. Southern Communication Journal, 76, 465-481.

Bisel, R. S., Kelley, K. M., Ploeger, N. A., & Messersmith, J. (2011). Workers' moral mum effect: On facework and unethical behavior in the workplace. Communication Studies, 62, 153-170.