Faculty Research

Our award-winning scholar-teachers have been recognized by academic, industry, and media outlets, and graduates of this program have been accepted to top PhD programs and pursue successful careers in and outside of academia. Here are just some of the ways that our faculty and students engage in transformational leadership through their work and service to better influence the world: 


Our faculty have written books that examine contemporary issues in politics, culture, and organizational life with books including:

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  • Dr. Ashley Barrett, “The pivotal role of change appropriation and the implementation of healthcare technology” (Top Three Article in Management Communication Quarterly, 2017).
  • Dr. Jessica Ford, “Pairing organizational and individual factors to improve employees’ risk readiness” (Management Communication Quarterly, 2018)
  • Dr. Lacy McNamee, “High-stakes volunteer commitment” (Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 2016)
  • Dr. Jacob Ford, “(Dis)identification as resilience in dirty volunteer work” (Corporate Communications, 2018)

Leadership in the Discipline

Our faculty also influence the field through fellowships and as editors of books and journals such as:

  • Dr. Matt Gerber and Dr. Scott Varda, journal co-editors of Contemporary Argumentation and Debate
  • Dr. Lacy McNamee, co-editing a special issue of Management Communication Quarterly (2020) on the communication dynamics of nonprofit and voluntary organizations
  • Dr. Blair Browning, awarded a Big 12 Faculty Fellowship (2019) to travel to member institutions and exchange ideas and conduct research
  • Dr. Ashley Barrett, a Baylor University Rising Star Fellow (2017) recognized by deans as an emerging leader in faculty research

Department of Communication

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