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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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Karen Ashcraft
Karen Ashcraft
Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Ashcraft 's research highlights the organization-society relationship, related tensions, and possibilities for social justice. Specifically, she examines professional identity and organizational forms, with particular attention to gender and power. One branch of her work investigates the role of system design and implementation in social change processes, especially practical tensions faced by those who work in organizations designed to facilitate empowering relations. Her award-winning dissertation project, for example, analyzed dilemmas of power and participation at a non-profit battered women's shelter, where members sought to merge bureaucratic systems with feminist empowerment philosophy.
Recently, Dr. Ashcraft has begun to examine the evolution of professional identity across diverse arenas of organizing activity, such as popular films and literature, museum exhibits, trade education, and labor associations. Her current research is devoted to the question: How are gender and race becoming part of occupational identities, and specifically, how are white, male-dominated professions developed and sustained over time? Dr. Ashcraft 's work thus blends attention to contemporary work formations with a historically conscious interest in how public talk organizes gendered labor. She is especially concerned with how various masculinities and femininities are played off one another, addressing the ways gender interacts with race, class, sexuality, age, and other systems of identity and power.
Dr. Ashcraft has been the recipient of numerous other awards and academic honors including but not limited to, Article of the Year Award for NCA in the Organizational Communication Division, in 2006, Book of the Year Award for NCA in the Organizational Communication Division in 2004, and she was named the Virgil C. Aldrich Fellow by the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah for Spring 2003.