I'm interested in the ways communication constitutes organizational life--a move that suggests that groups and organizations should be understood as ongoing systems of interconnected discursive practices that depend on, and generate, knowledge, identity, and conceptions of ethics. An interest in these communicative practices is translated into four more specific research themes: (1) The investigation of individual and organizational processes of “knowing,” including how these lead to learning and complex change processes; (2) Identity negotiation and conceptions of meaningfulness in work; (3) Ethical (and unethical) action in organizational settings, and (4) How groups comprised of various stakeholders collaborate and make decisions. Central to these issues is an interest in distinctly communicative forms of explanation, in which the symbolic and material intertwine in the construction and disruption of meanings.
Organizational communication, organization studies, communication theory, relationality, discourse, disorganization, ethics, practice theory
COMM 3210 - Human Communication Theory
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Acquaints students with general, thematic, and contextual theories of human communication. Gives attention to criteria for evaluating theories.
COMM 4600 - 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. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics. Same as COMM 5600.
COMM 5210 - Readings in Communication Theory
Critical overview of leading theoretical traditions in communication studies. Gives attention to metatheoretical issues, including epistemological foundations, the structure of communication theory as a field, and reflexivity between communication theory and cultural practice. Required for doctoral students in communication; optional for master's students.
COMM 6200 - Seminar: Selected Topics
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.