Office: Castellaw Communications Center 156
Office Hours (Fall 2020): Wednesday and Thursday by appointment
Department of Communication
One Bear Place #97368
Waco, TX 76798-7368
- B.A. Journalism, Baylor University
- M.A. Organizational Communication, Baylor University
- Ph.D. Organizational Communication, University of Texas at Austin
- CSS 3310: Communication Theory
- CSS 4301: Organizational Communication
- CSS 4305: Nonprofit Communication
- CSS 4V85: Special Problems in Communication Studies
- CSS 5316: Seminar in Organizational Communication
- CSS 5321: Org. membership and Identity
- 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.
I am also passionate about helping students pursue their professional goals and position themselves for success after graduation. I particularly love the opportunity that I have as the Program Director for the Joint B.A./M.A. in Corporate Communication to closely mentor a small cohort of high performing students and see them chart off to future greatness!
Family, Outside Hobbies and Interests:
I am a proud Baylor alumna and am honored to work for my wonderful alma mater. My husband Doug also attended Baylor, and we love calling Waco home. Together, we spent much of our spare time keeping up with our daughters Josie (5) and Maggie (3), who fill our hearts and drain our energy! Outside of work, family, and Bear fandom, I also love to cook, volunteer with community organizations like Court Appointed Special Advocates, and be active (run, ride bikes, hike).
What is the best thing about being a Baylor Bear?
Syllabi:Syllabus CSS 4301 Organizational Communication
Syllabus CSS 3310 Communication Theory