Faculty members teaching and researching in this area are widely recognized for critical and interpretive scholarship on the constitutive role of communication in human organizing. Theorizing communicating and organizing through constitutive, cultural and material perspectives, and integrating qualitative, critical, and quantitative methodologies, connections among organizational change, power, culture, technology, gender, identity, knowledge and discourse are explored across a variety of organizing contexts (e.g., corporate, nonprofit, community, and government). Faculty members are especially committed to reforming organizing practices to serve the greater common good.

  • Emphasis on theorizing communication and organizing through constitutive, cultural and material perspectives
  • Focus on intersections of power, culture, technology, gender, identity, discourse and change
  • Innovative integration of qualitative, critical and quantitative methodologies
  • Attention to a wide variety of organizations and organizing processes, including nongovernment and development organizations, and private and public community collaborations; and a commitment to reforming organizing practices to serve the greater common good
  • Monthly research lunches exploring ongoing projects conducted by faculty and by graduate students

For a detailed list of courses with descriptions, see the University Catalog.

  • COMM 5600 Seminar: Organizational Communication3 credit hours
  • COMM 5610 Organizational Culture and Symbolism3
  • COMM 5620 Readings in Organizational Communication3
  • COMM 6730 Collaboration and Decision Making in Organizations3
  • COMM 6740 Theory and Philosophy of Organizing and Organizations3
  • COMM 6750 Communication and Organizational Change3

  • Janell Bauer, assistant professor, California State University, Chico (PhD’10)
  • Sarah Blithe, assistant professor, University of Nevada, Reno (PhD’12)
  • Hannah Drain, community manager, Atomic20 (MA’15)
  • Dana Harrington, content director, gamification manager (MA’14)
  • Kate Harris, assistant professor, University of Missouri (PhD’13)
  • Sara McClellan, associate director, WestEd (PhD, 2012)
  • Jamie McDonald, assistant professor, University of Texas at San Antonio (PhD’13)
  • Amanda Porter, assistant professor, VU University Amsterdam (PhD’11)
  • Julie Williamson, management consultant (PhD’11)