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Brenda Allen

Brenda Allen
Associate Dean - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Communication
University of Colorado - Denver

Karen Ashcraft

Karen Ashcraft
Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder

Kevin Barge

Kevin Barge
Professor, Organizational Communication, Leadership, Conflict
Texas A&M

 

Connie Bullis
Associate Professor of Communication
University of Utah

George Cheney

George Cheney
Professor of Communication
University of Utah

Nashir Contractor

Nashir Contractor
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University

Stanley Deetz

Stanley Deetz
Professor of Communication and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

Eric Eisenberg

Eric Eisenberg
Professor and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida

Gail Fairhurst

Gail Fairhurst
Professor of Communication
University of Cincinnati

Finn Frandsen

Finn Frandsen
Professor, Director of Centre ASB Centre for Corporate Communication
Aahrus School of Business

Janet Fulk

Janet Fulk
Professor
University of Southern California

 

Shiv Ganesh
Senior Lecturer – Management Communication
Waikato Management School

H. L. (Bud) Goodall

H. L. (Bud) Goodall
Professor
Arizona State University

 

Leonard Hawes
Professor of Communication
University of Utah

Michele Jackson

Michele Jackson
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication
University of Colorado at Boulder

Winni Johansen

Winni Johansen
Associate Professor, ASB Centre for Corporate Communication
Aahrus School of Business

Colleen Keough

Colleen Keough
Associate Clinical Professor
University of Southern California

Timothy Kuhn

Timothy Kuhn
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

 

John Lammers
Associate Professor, Director of Master's Program in Applied Communication
University of Illinois

Ben Lee

Ben Lee
Senior Lecturer
University of Southern California

Peter Monge

Peter Monge
Professor
University of Southern California

Dennis Mumby

Dennis Mumby
Professor and Chair, Organizational Communication
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Karen Myers

Karen Myers
Assistant Professor
University of California - Santa Barbera

Anne Nicotera

Anne Nicotera
Associate Professor of Communication
George Mason University

Marshall Scott Poole

Marshall Scott Poole
David and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, Senior Research Scientist, and Director of I-CHASS: The Institute for Computing
University of Illinois

Linda Putnam

Linda Putnam
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Susan Resnick-West

Susan Resnick-West
Susan Resnick-West
University of Southern California

Patricia Riley

Patricia Riley
Associate Professor; Director, Global Communication master's degree program
University of Southern California

Cynthia Stohl

Cynthia Stohl
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Michael Stohl

Michael Stohl
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Rebecca Weintraub

Rebecca Weintraub
Clinical Professor; Director, Master of Communication Management program
University of Southern California

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Anne Nicotera
Anne Nicotera
Associate Professor of Communication
George Mason University

Dr. Anne Nicotera is a nationally-recognized scholar of organizational and interpersonal communication. Her current focus is communication in healthcare contexts. Her research is grounded in a constitutive perspective, driven by the assumption that communication creates and constitutes organizational realities and cultures that then constrain those very communication processes from which they were created. Her topical areas of research include culture and conflict, diversity, race and gender, and aggressive communication, with a particular interest in nursing communication. She has published her research in numerous national journals, such as Health Communication, Human Communication Research, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research. She has also published five books and numerous chapters in scholarly monographs, including a chapter in the 2009 Handbook of Applied Communication Research that presents a theoretical model of race as political identity grounded in social construction.

Her current research is centered in the development of a body of theory around a phenomenon she has labeled structurational divergence (SD). SD is a particular phenomenon of conflicted interaction that is rooted in the intersection of multiple incompatible meaning systems. She is currently investigating how SD, as experienced by nurses in a hospital setting, is linked to horizontal violence (bullying), burnout, destructive aggression, nursing turnover, and patient outcomes. She is also currently studying the unique organizational structure and form of hospitals and healthcare systems. More broadly, she is developing a theory of diversity rooted in structuration theory. She is interested in using this new theoretical construction to structuration theory and SD theory to cultural competence training for healthcare practitioners who serve traditionally marginalized populations