Lacy McNamee

Assistant Professor of Communication

Office Information:

Castellaw 144

Mailing Address:

Department of Communication

One Bear Place #97368

Waco, TX 76798-7368

Lacy McNamee Vitae 2015

Educational Background:

  • B.A. Journalism, Baylor University
  • M.A. Organizational Communication, Baylor University
  • Ph.D. Organizational Communication, University of Texas at Austin
  • Courses:

    • CSS 3310: Communication Theory
    • CSS 4301: Organizational Communication
    • CSS 4V85: Special Problems in Communication Studies
    • CSS 5316: Seminar in Organizational Communication
    • CSS 5351: Methods in Graduate Studies

    Current Research Interest Areas:

    I study how people negotiate their roles, relationships, and power in organizations through communication. When conducting research, I am particularly sensitive to the tensions at play between different types of members in faith-based and nonprofit settings- for example, paid staff and volunteers. The goal of my research is to increase our understandings of different membership experiences and develop theories of organizational socialization and identification that apply to a broader range of organizational memberships and contexts. I am currently examining the relationships between nonprofit employees and volunteers, as well as how ethereal concepts like faith and intuition are communicatively constructed in organizations and to what ends.

    Teaching Philosophy:

    I strive to embody the model of scholar-teacher by integrating my own research as well as the scholarship of our field into the classroom. There is such rich and exciting research being conducted in communication studies that can inspire our students’ thinking about problems and challenges they face in their personal and professional lives. No matter whether I’m teaching Communication Theory (CSS 3310) or Organizational Communication (CSS 4301), I challenge my students to engage in critical thinking about real world issues and develop their own perspectives. Thus, my classroom is a place where we debate and dialogue together as we apply the concepts and theories we’re learning to practical issues of the day.

    Family, Outside Hobbies and Interests:

    I am a proud Baylor alumna and am honored to now work for my wonderful alma mater. My husband Doug also attended Baylor and works in the Athletic Department for the Baylor Bear Foundation, so clearly the McNamee family bleeds green and gold! We welcomed our beautiful daughter Josephine to the world in March of 2015 and spend much of our time these days keeping up with her. Outside of work, family, and Bear fandom, I also love to cook, volunteer with community organizations like Court Appointed Special Advocates, be active (run, ride bikes, hike), and daydream about living an alternate life as a government official or all around bad guy hunter by watching series like True Detective, The Walking Dead, Homeland, and House of Cards.

    What is the best thing about being a Baylor Bear?

    So many things to pick from! We’re a big time university with so many opportunities for our students, but we’re also small enough to feel like a family. I love knowing each of my students by name, learning about their life stories, and supporting them in any way I can as they discover and pursue their passions. I love walking through our beautiful campus and connecting with the faculty and staff that make this university so great. And what’s not to love about the powerhouse that is our athletic program? From football to tennis, there’s always an exciting opportunity to cheer our Bears on to victory!


    Syllabus CSS 4301 Org Comm
    Syllabus CSS 3310 Communication Theory