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
COMM 3410 - Intercultural Communication
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
Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
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
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
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
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
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.