Dr. Madeline M. Maxwell (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1980) is the department's Minority Liaison Officer. In this capacity, she gives minority students someone to turn to with their concerns. She teaches and conducts research in the ethnography of communication, the study of the interaction of language and culture. Her current projects involve adaptations to communication technology and talk in conflict mediation. She has established The University Conflict Resolution Center to train students to provide conflict intervention services and to study communication in conflict resolution. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Graduate Portfolio in Dispute Resolution, and interdisciplinary certification program. She teaches undergraduate courses in the role of language in communication and in conflict mediation, and graduate courses in the ethnography of communication, communication and conflict, and minority language communities. Dr. Maxwell has edited two books, and published over seventy articles, reports, and chapters in books and journals such as Language in Society, Text, Deaf Studies and Education, and Discourse Processes.