Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department: Communication Studies
Education: Ph.D. in Organizational & Health Communication, Ohio University, 2010; Master of Arts in Organizational Communication, Ohio University, 2004; Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication, Ohio State University, 2002.
Research Interests: The majority of my research focuses on how communication practices create and influence organizational experiences. I enjoy examining discourses of teaching and learning, socialization processes, forms of democratic organizing, and the co-creation of learning environments in a variety of settings. Additionally, I explore how communication behaviors are influenced by a communicator's state of health, the structures of healthcare settings, and relationships with health care providers.
Recent Publications: Sanders, A. (2013). Performing positive emotion for prospective students: Emotional labor and customer service in an undergraduate admissions department. Ohio Communication Journal, 51, 78-102.
Courses (Fall 2015): Communication Research Methods, Health Communication Campaigns, Fundamentals of Communication
Courses (Spring 2016): Organizational Communication, Group Discussion & Leadership, Fundamentals of Communication
Phone: (740) 376-4646
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
To be greeted with a smile and a "hi folks" each day because any day I get to teach and learn with bright eager students is a good one!
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
The opportunity to build meaningful mentoring relationships with students.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
I love exploring the great outdoors, and most enjoy spending time with my family laughing about and sharing life's (mis)adventures.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
A book for sure ... nothing beats touching real pages, writing notes in the margins, and marking memorable passages.
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
Mills Hall, Classroom 107. This is the classroom in which I taught my first class at Marietta College during my job interview, and I have taught in it every semester the last six years. It reminds me of how many students I have watched walk through the door as freshmen who have matured into confident, successful students, professionals, and people.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
MC basketball games. The music blasts and the stands are filled with students, faculty, and community members all excited to cheer on the Pios.