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Brenda Allen

Brenda Allen
Associate Dean - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Communication
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Karen Ashcraft

Karen Ashcraft
Professor
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Kevin Barge

Kevin Barge
Professor, Organizational Communication, Leadership, Conflict
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Connie Bullis
Associate Professor of Communication
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George Cheney

George Cheney
Professor of Communication
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Nashir Contractor

Nashir Contractor
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences
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Stanley Deetz

Stanley Deetz
Professor of Communication and Director of Peace and Conflict Studies
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Eric Eisenberg

Eric Eisenberg
Professor and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
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Gail Fairhurst

Gail Fairhurst
Professor of Communication
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Finn Frandsen

Finn Frandsen
Professor, Director of Centre ASB Centre for Corporate Communication
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Janet Fulk

Janet Fulk
Professor
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Shiv Ganesh
Senior Lecturer – Management Communication
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H. L. (Bud) Goodall

H. L. (Bud) Goodall
Professor
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Leonard Hawes
Professor of Communication
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Michele Jackson

Michele Jackson
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication
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Winni Johansen

Winni Johansen
Associate Professor, ASB Centre for Corporate Communication
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Colleen Keough

Colleen Keough
Associate Clinical Professor
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Timothy Kuhn

Timothy Kuhn
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
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John Lammers
Associate Professor, Director of Master's Program in Applied Communication
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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
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Karen Myers

Karen Myers
Assistant Professor
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Anne Nicotera

Anne Nicotera
Associate Professor of Communication
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Marshall Scott Poole

Marshall Scott Poole
David and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, Senior Research Scientist, and Director of I-CHASS: The Institute for Computing
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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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Linda Putnam
Linda Putnam
Professor of Communication
University of California - Santa Barbera

Linda L. Putnam joined the Department of Communication at Santa Barbara in August 2007 after serving as a Regent's Professor and as the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, she was also Department Head (1993-1998) and Director of the Program on Conflict and Dispute Resolution in the Bush School of Government and Public Service (1998-2003). Prior to her appointment at Texas A&M, Dr. Putnam was a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Purdue University (1977-1993). She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Minnesota in 1977 and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. Her research focuses on negotiation and conflict management in organizations, discourse studies in organizations, and gender and negotiation. Her early research centered on communication strategies and tactics in teacher's bargaining. Using a discourse lens, this early work also examined arguments, narratives, and rituals in labor negotiations. Her research on gender applied a feminist lens to rethinking organizational theories and traditional bargaining and her discourse work in organizations highlighted the contradictions and dialectics that emerged in formal negotiations and organizational communication.
Dr. Putnam's recent research analyzes conflict framing in multiparty environmental disputes, especially in the ways that different stakeholders make sense of complex, seemingly intractable conflicts. To fund this endeavor, she has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She has presented keynote and invited addresses in Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Korea, and Australia and served as an external reviewer for communication programs in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Dr. Putnam is a Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, and the 2005 recipient of the Steven H. Chaffee Career Productivity Award from the International Communication Association--the highest awards for lifetime scholarly achievement. She also received the Charles H. Woolbert Award for Original and Innovative Research from the Speech Communication Association in 1993 and the Best Article Award from the International Communication Association in 2005. She is a past president of three professional societies--the International Communication Association, the International Association for Conflict Management, and the Council of Communication Associations. She was elected an at-large member of the Academy of Management Board of Governors and has served as the Chair of the Organizational Communication divisions for the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. Her professional service also includes being Associate Editor for Human Relations (2001-2006) and Organization (2001-2007), membership on editorial boards for eight journals, co-editor of four handbooks, and guest editor (or co-editor) of six special issues.
Dr. Putnam teaches courses on communication and conflict management, negotiation, gender and organizations, qualitative methods, and discourse analysis in organizations. She has won teaching awards, including the AMOCO and college level awards at Texas A&M University and Purdue University.