Dr. Jody Jahn's research is focused on ways that members of high hazard teams act and communicate with one another. Her most recent research examines how wildland firefighting workgroups interpret standardized safety rules and develop techniques for navigating hazards. Other research interests include organizational sensemaking and environmental conflict.
high reliability organizing, organizational socialization, workgroups and teams, vocational/career socialization, sensemaking, environmental conflict
COMM 1600 - Group Interaction
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Covers basic theories, concepts, and characteristics that underlie face-to-face interactions in interpersonal, small group, and organizational settings. Activities stress the development of both task and relational skills in these settings. Required for COMM or COMN majors.
COMM 3620 - Advanced Teamwork and Collaboration
Explores communication and collaboration complex situations (e.g., extreme environments e.g., space travel; cross sector collaborations). It reviews and applies key processes of team/group communication and collaboration to the context of interest (e.g., extreme teams; cross sector collaborations) to identify communication issues and interventions relevant in complex organizing or dangerous situations.
COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
Introduces empirically oriented research methods in communication, critical review of the logic of social-scientific principles in communication, and analysis of quantitative data. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.