Larry A. Erbert PhD

Larry Erbert
Associate Professor • Director of Mediation Certificate Program
Department of Communication

Mailing Address:
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
3rd Floor, Suite 3008
Denver, CO 80204


Fall 2023 Semester - On Sabbatical
Responses may be delayed as a result. 

Expertise Areas:
Organizational Communication (organizational change, teamwork, leadership), Environmental Communication Conflict, Mediation, and Negotiation/Bargaining

PhD, University of Iowa, Communication Studies
MA, Fort Hays State University, Communication

Larry Erbert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, the Chair of CLAS Council (Dean's Advisory Committee), Director of the Mediation Certificate, and a member of the MSS/MHUM Steering Committee and the University Honors and Leadership Steering Committee. Larry is currently working on a three-year research ethnography examing the conflict, threats, and challenges to the National Park System (Department of the Interior). He recently pubished a co-authored textbook on Communication Theory (Floyd, Schrodt, Trethewey). Larry also works part time as a mediator for the non-profit mediation organization, Communication Mediation Concepts.


Floyd, K., Schrodt, P., Erbert, L. A., & Trethewey, A. (2017). Exploring Communication Theory: Making Sense of Us. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Refereed Journal Articles

Erbert, L. A. (2016). Organizational sensemaking: Interpretations of workplace "strangeness." International Journal of Business Communication, 53, 286-305.

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 Research36, 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.

COMM 4240 Organizational Communication
Organizational Training & Development
COMM 2045 Workplace Communication
Workplace Communication for the National Veterans Training Institute 
COMM 2082 Introduction to Environmental Communication 
COMM 4282/5282 Environmental Communication
COMM 4082/5082 Wilderness Communication
Sustainability I 
Sustainability II 
UNHL 3250 Leadership & Sustainability
UHNL 3150 Leadership, Negotiation, Bargaining
UHNL 3110 Leadership Communication & Conflict
COMM 4262/5262 Mediation
COMM 4255/5255 Negotiation & Bargaining 
COMM 4260/5260 Communication & Conflict
COMM 1011 Fundamentals of Communication
COMM 1041 Interpersonal Communication
Marital Communication
COMM 4230/5230 Nonverbal Communication
COMM 4221/5221 Qualitative Research Methods
Introduction to Graduate Studies
Communication & the Evolution of Consciousness
Honors and Leadership Program
COMM 4688 Senior Seminar