placeholder image
  • Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Cruz, Joelle M

Associate Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Joëlle Cruz studies the intersections of organizing, resilience, and culture. She is particularly interested in communicative enactments of resilience in alternative organizing (indigenous and grassroots) with a focus on traumatized communities (e.g., postconflict Liberia, Ebola crisis in West Africa). Her work has appeared in journals such as Management Communication Quarterly, Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, and Women’s Studies in Communication.


  • Alternative organizing, resilience and organizing, postcolonial, qualitative methods


selected publications


courses taught

  • COMM 3410 - Intercultural Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022
    Explores complex relationships between culture and communication processes from various conceptual perspectives. Considers the important role of context (e.g., social, historical, and cultural) in intercultural interactions. Recommended Prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Learn to collect and analyze qualitative data (interviews, observations, focus groups) in order to answer research questions about communication and society. Focuses on research that investigates meaning, understanding, process, and interpretation in order to enhance our knowledge of human interaction. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4600 - Senior Seminar: Organizational Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Reviews current theory and research on topics such as communication and organizational decision making, organizational culture, gender relations, communication technology, and power and control in organizations. Same as COMM 5600.
  • COMM 6200 - Seminar: Selected Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2024
    Facilitates understanding of current and past theory and research on a selected topic in communication and the ability to develop new theory and research on that topic. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours on different topics.
  • COMM 6750 - Critical-Cultural Approaches to Organizational Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Addresses critical and cultural approaches to communicating and organizing. Topics include relations of culture, power, resistance, identity, and difference as theorized in and around organizational life. Major theoretical works on these topics are highlighted throughout, although specific themes may vary. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 5620.
  • ORGL 5020 - Strategic Communication
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023 / Spring 2024
    Communicating competently in the workplace requires the ability to express thoughts and ideas across all domains and barriers of an organization. From one-on-one interactions, conflict management situations, and large scale presentations, Strategic Communication is the backbone of a successful business model and it represents one of the most important foundations of career success.


awards and honors

International Activities

Other Profiles