My research focuses on the communicative processes of inter-organizational collaboration, with a particular emphasis on the nonprofit sector and cross-sector organizing. These areas intersect to form a robust line of research, with multiple entry points and overlapping levels of inquiry: studying the nonprofit sector quickly brings up issues of inter-organizational collaboration; inter-organizational collaboration highlights the importance of communication processes; and a distinctively communicative approach to human organizing calls attention to how various stakeholders interact with each other and make collaborative decisions. My overall interest is in how collaboration gets done communicatively, and what the implications are for theory and practice. Currently three main themes dominate my research: stakeholder representation, tensions of organizing, and communicative constitution.
Communicative processes of inter-organizational collaboration, emphasis on the nonprofit sector, main themes of stakeholder representation, tensions of organizing, and communicative constitution, field work with several Boulder County collaborations, qualitative and quantitative research methods
CMCI 1010 - Concepts and Creativity 1: Media, Communication, Information
Engages key principles and practices in the fields of media, communication and information. Emphasizes the analyses of new and old media, information technologies, verbal and visual literacies, communicative interactions and cultural practices through process-based learning and hands-on projects utilizing multiple modes of expression. First course in two semester sequence required for all first-year CMCI students. Requires a grade of C- or better to count toward degree.
COMM 2600 - Organizational Communication
Provides a communicatively based definition of formal organization and deals with individual-organizational relationships. Addresses topics such as organizational theory, organizational culture, power, technology, decision making, teamwork, leadership, diversity, gender, socialization, and ethics. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 3320 - Persuasion in Society
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Learn personal and professional skills to become more persuasive in a variety of communication contexts, and develop a broader and more critical understanding of the culture of persuasion that pervades all aspects of society.
COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
Provides an understanding of methods associated with the study of communication in natural settings. Focuses on strategies of collecting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data, including participant observation, in-depth interviewing, textual analysis, and ethnographic narrative. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 6730 - Constitutive Approaches to Organizational Communication
Explores theory and research that explain how organizing processes are constituted through communication. Course themes might include collaboration, authority, identity, knowledge, risk/resilience, or socio-material arrangements. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 5620 and COMM 6010.