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Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell, Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the School of Engineering Education (courtesy), was recently appointed as the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair and Director of the Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University. Patrice comes to this new position having served in leadership capacities as President (and Fellow) of the International Communication Association (ICA), Council of Communication Associations (CCA), and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). She served on the Research Board of the National Communication Association (NCA) and serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Media Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue. Editor of three books and author of over 155 articles and chapters, her research centers on the intersections of career, leadership, gender communication, and resilience. She has published in handbooks as well as journal including Human Relations, Communication Monographs, and Human Communication Research, and proceedings for ASEE and FIE. Most recently, she was awarded the 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Mentor Award and 2014 Velux Faculty Research Fellow from Copenhagen Business School. She served as the Scholar-in-Residence for the NCA Faculty Development Institute in 2012. In 2010, she had the honor of delivering NCA's Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture, "Seduction and Sustainability: The Politics of Feminist Communication and Career Scholarship.” Patrice has received the Violet Haas Award (for promoting women's advancement at Purdue), the Francine Merritt Award (for outstanding contributions to the lives of women in the field of communication, NCA), the Fredric M. Jablin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organizational Communication (ICA), the Teresa Award (for "exceptional and groundbreaking work in bringing feminist theory to organizational communication, ... commitment to mentoring and social change, as well as ... work within ICA and elsewhere"), the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award (for contributions to students' academic and professional development, as well as leadership and engagement within and beyond Purdue), Teacher-Mentor Award (OSCLG), the W. Charles Redding Fellowship for scholarly productivity (BLSC, Purdue), and the 2012 "Woman of Distinction" Award (in Salute to Women Annual Celebration in Lafayette, IN), among others. She has worked on Purdue-NSF ADVANCE initiatives for institutional change and several teams through the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) with the latest being the Transforming Lives Building Global Communities (TLBGC) focused on water-energy-empowerment in two rural Ghanaian villages. As Co-PI on NSF grants, she and her colleagues have constructed individual engineering ethical development and team ethical climate scales and are working on everyday negotiations of ethics in engineering design.


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Dr. Marya Doerfel (Department of Communication, Rutgers University) conducts research on networked forms of organizing, with a particular interest in community resilience and disrupted networks. She considers the way organizations’ communication networks impact and are impacted by changes in the environment, other organizations, their constituents, and their networked contexts. With few exceptions, her research takes place in the field. She has conducted communication and network assessments in areas in which environmental conditions disrupted interorganizational alliances or when such alliances disrupt (sometimes in a good way) transformation of broader system conditions. Such work has taken place in Croatia, during the country's political transformation, in New Orleans, USA, following the devastation of physical and social infrastructures as a result of Hurricane Katrina, along the New Jersey Coastline, where sparsely connected beach communities were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and in Afghanistan, where a nascent community of media organizations are developing in Kabul and surrounding rural provinces.
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Dr. Lisa Keränen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Colorado Denver where she is also a President’s Teaching Scholar. Her research and teaching concern the rhetoric of medicine, health, and bioethics. Her first book, Scientific Characters: Rhetoric, Politics, and Trust in Breast Cancer Research (University of Alabama Press, 2010), chronicles the contests over trust, truth and character in a high-profile breast cancer research misconduct controversy; the book received the 2011 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Public Address. Dr. Keränen's other publications appear in places such as Academic Medicine, Argumentation & Advocacy, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Journal of Medical Humanities, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies and Communication Yearbook. Her second book project is Envisioning Viral Apocalypse: A Rhetorical History of Biological Threats from the post-Cold War through the War on Terror, and she is also currently co-editing a book of essays about US-China Communication that grew out of her work with CU Denver’s International College Beijing. Dr. Keränen has received numerous awards for her research, teaching and service, including the 2015 Western States Communication Association Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2010 Karl R. Wallace Memorial Research Award from the National Communication Association (NCA). Dr. Keranen is past president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST) and past director of the National Communication Association Forum. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Health Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Quarterly Journal of Speech, POROI, and the Journal of Medical Humanities.
Dr. Amy O’Connor studies and teaches organizational communication and public relations with an emphasis on corporate social responsibility and the meaning of work. Her research investigates the role of corporate-NGO partnerships in co-creating our understanding of social issues, work, and community. Guided by the simple question “What role should the modern corporation play in the global commons?” Dr. O’Connor’s research illuminates how corporations and society communicatively co-construct our understanding of the corporate form in our lives. Most recently, she received a National Science Foundation, Science of Organizations Program grant entitled "Collaborative Research: Mind Mapping Consumers and Activists’ Response to NGO-Corporate Partnerships.” The grant uses online experiments to test how partnerships influence consumer and activists attitudes and intention, the ability of messages to overcome incongruent pairings, and how partnership type serves as a moderator. Dr. O’Connor's research has appeared numerous journals including Business and Society, Communication Monographs, Journal of Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, and in edited books about public relations and organizational communication. Her publications have been featured by the Conference Board of Directors, Sage Video Series, and at regional colloquia. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Business and Society, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Management Communication Quarterly. Dr. O’Connor is a Fellow at the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact Center, Northwestern University and a member of the National Communication Association’s Nominating Committee. Beginning Fall 2015, O’Connor will join the faculty at the University of Minnesota in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Case Presenters

Dr. Matthew W. Seeger is Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and a Professor of Communication. Dr. Seeger’s research interests concern crisis and risk communication, crisis response and agency coordination, health communication, the role of media in crisis, crisis and communication ethics, failure of complex systems and post-crisis renewal. He has worked closely with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on communication and anthrax attack and on pandemic influenza preparedness. He is an affiliate of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense where he studies issues of food safety and recalls. He is Co-PI on the National Science Foundation Grant Multi-Agency Jurisdictional Organized Response, a project involving crisis coordination in complex social-technical systems. Seeger also works with the National Center for Border Security and Immigration. His work on crisis, risk and communication has appeared in over 100 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Seeger is the author or co-author of six books on crisis and risk communication.
Dr. Deanna D. Sellnow is the Gifford Blyton Endowed Professor of Oral Communication at the University of Kentucky where she also serves as Assistant Provost for Transformative Learning and Faculty Director of Presentation U. The former President of the Central States Communication Association and former Editor of Communication Teacher has authored or co-authored several books (e.g., Confident Public Speaking, Communicate!, The Challenge of Effective Speaking in a Digital Age, The Rhetorical Power of Popular Culture) and numerous journal articles in a variety of international, national, and regional outlets. Together with Tim Sellnow, her research on instructional risk and crisis message design and testing generally and the IDEA model specifically has been sponsored by the United States Geological Survey, the National Centers for Food Protection and Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the International Food Information Council. Together, they have presented this work across the US, as well as in numerous countries throughout the world (e.g., Canada, China, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Indonesia, Italy, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, Vietnam).
Dr. Timothy L. Sellnow is Professor in the College of Communication and Information Science at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Sellnow’s primary research and teaching focus is on risk and crisis communication. His recent research focuses on bioterrorism, pre-crisis planning, and communication strategies for risk management and mitigation in organizational and health settings. More specifically, his research focuses on comprehension of risk messages and strategic communication for maintaining resilience in response to crises. He has co-authored five books and published many refereed journal articles focusing on strategies for effective risk and crisis communication in organizations. His most recent book, co-authored with Matthew Seeger, is entitled, Theorizing Crisis Communication. He is also a past editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research. He has conducted funded research for the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Geological Survey. He has also served in an advisory role for the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization.