Patrice Buzzanell

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., Purdue University
    M.A., Ohio University
    B.S., Towson University, Summa Cum Laude

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    Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell is Professor of Communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication (BLSC; and Professor of Engineering Education by Courtesy) at Purdue University. Author of three edited books and over 130 articles and chapters, her research centers on the everyday negotiations and structures that produce and are produced by the intersections of career, gender, work-family, and communication such that people construct resilience and career aspirations, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Her work has been published in journals including Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Communication Theory, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Human Relations as well as in handbooks on organizational, professional, family, conflict, ethics, and gender communication and proceedings in engineering education. A former editor of MCQ and associate/special issue editor for Communication Studies and the Southern Communication Journal, she has been an editorial board member for 22 national and international journals and handbooks as well as numerous special issues. She also is an Advisory Board member for MCQ and for Sage Open.

    She has served as President of the International Communication Association (ICA), Council of Communication Associations (CCA), and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language & Gender (OSCLG). She was named ICA Fellow in 2011 and had the honor of delivering the 2010 Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture, “Seduction and Sustainability: The Politics of Feminist Communication and Career Scholarship”, to the National Communication Association (NCA). She served as the Scholar-in-Residence for the NCA Faculty Development Institute in 2012 and on the NCA Research Board. In addition to 18 top papers and other awards for her scholarship and teaching, she 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 serves in Purdue’s NSF ADVANCE efforts to promote institutional change and currently co-leads a strategic plan implementation task force for the College of Engineering. Some of her funded projects include examination of young children’s career aspirations (four different countries), individual (and team) engineering ethical development, and engineering design team partnerships dedicated to clean water-energy-education through women’s empowerment in Ghana (EPICS-TLBGC).


    Representative Articles and Chapters

    • Buzzanell, P. M., & Long, Z. (forthcoming). Expertise, learning, and action: Expertise construction within engineering space. In J. Treem & P. Leonardi (Eds.), Communication and expertise: Constituting organizational experts in the Information Age. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
    • Buzzanell, P. M., Long, Z., Kokini, K., Anderson, L., & Batra, J. (in press). Mentoring in academe:A feminist poststructural lens on stories of women engineering faculty of color. Management Communication Quarterly.
    • Berkelaar, B., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2015). Bait and switch or double-edged sword? The (sometimes) failed promises of calling. Human Relations, 68, 157-178. DOI: 10.1177/0018726714526265
    • Buzzanell, P. M., & D’Enbeau, S. (2014). Intimate, ambivalent, and erotic mentoring: Popular culture and mentor-mentee relational processes in Mad Men. Human Relations, 67, 695-714. DOI: 10.1177/0018726713503023
    • Long, Z., Buzzanell, P.M., Anderson, L., Batra, J., Kokini, K., & Wilson, R. (2014). Episodic, network and intersectional perspectives: Taking a communicative stance on mentoring in the workplace. In E. Cohen (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 38 (pp. 387-422). New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Wu, M., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2013). Liminalities at work: Chinese professionals’ immigrant identity negotiations. China Media Research, 9(4), 15-26.
    • Fyke, J., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2013). The ethics of conscious capitalism: Wicked problems in leading change and changing leaders. Human Relations, 66, 1619-1643. DOI:10.1177/0018726713485306
    • Buzzanell, P. M., & D’Enbeau, S. (2013). Explicating creativity and design: The nature and meaningfulness of work in Mad Men. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 54-71. DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2012.742558
    • Buzzanell, P. M. (2011). Feminist discursive ethics. In G. Cheney, S. May, & D. Munshi (Eds.), Handbook of communication ethics (pp. 64-83) New York: Routledge.
    • Buzzanell, P. M., Berkelaar, B., & Kisselburgh, L. (2011). From the mouths of babes: Exploring families’ career socialization of young children in China, Lebanon, Belgium, and the United States. Journal of Family Communication, 11, 148-164.  DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2011.554494
    • Buzzanell, P. M. (2010). Presidential Address--Resilience: Talking, resisting, and imagining new normalcies into being. Journal of Communication, 60, 1-14.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2009.01469.x
    • Buzzanell, P. M., & Liu, M.  (2005). Struggling with maternity leave policies and practices: A poststructuralist feminist analysis of gendered organizing. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 33, 1-25. DOI: 10.1080/ 0090988042000318495 (Outstanding Article Award, Applied Communication Division of NCA, 2006; Outstanding Article Award, OSCLG, 2006).
    • Buzzanell, P. M. (1995). Reframing the glass ceiling as a socially constructed process:  Implications for understanding and change.  Communication Monographs, 62, 327-354.  DOI: 10.1080/03637759509376366
    • Buzzanell, P. M. (1994). Gaining a voice:  Feminist organizational communication theorizing.  Management Communication Quarterly, 7, 339-383.   DOI: 10.1177/0893318994007004001   (Reprinted: Putnam, L. L., & Krone, K. J. (Eds.). (2006). Organizational communication, Five-volume set. London: Sage.)
    • Buzzanell, P. M., & Goldzwig, S. (1991). Linear and nonlinear career models: Metaphors, paradigms, and ideologies.  Management Communication Quarterly, 4, 466-505.   DOI: 10.1177/0893318991004004004

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