PhD's on the Job Market
Ashton is a doctoral candidate in Health and Organizational Communication and a recipient of the Cassandra Book Scholarship for Organizational Communication Research. Her research focuses on organizational structure and intersectional identities (e.g., gender, race, class, and sexuality). Specifically, her research examines and interrogates healthcare, the illness experience, patient-provider interactions, women’s success in the academy, and the intersections of care work and career success. Her dissertation, Exploring Organizational Structures for Women in Academe: A Feminist Exploration of Career and Care, examines how organizational rules and resources within the academy create organizational structures that influence the tenure and promotion trajectories for female faculty members.Ashton has presented numerous competitively selected papers at a variety of conferences and has also received a couple top paper awards. In addition, Ashton has taught the following undergraduate courses: Public Speaking (face-to-face, hybrid, and online only), Science Writing and Presentation, Introduction to Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Business and Professional Communication.
Jasmine is a PhD candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. Her emphasis is in organizing, new media, and social change, with particular interests in gender and participatory methodologies. Her research program is focused on the processes and implications of creating spaces for participation in organizing for social change in online and offline contexts. For example, her dissertation project, funded through a Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship and a PROMISE Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue, is a digital feminist participatory action research (D+FPAR) project examining the potentials and limitations of digital space for transnational feminist organizing. She is also a research assistant with the Purdue Peace Project (PPP), co-leading projects in Ghana as part of an externally funded initiative dedicated to locally led peacebuilding in West Africa and Central America. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Feminist Review, Social Media + Society, Communication Teacher, and in several edited books. Her solo-authored and co-authored work has received top paper awards at both the International Communication Association and National Communication Association conventions. Jasmine has taught multiple classes as the primary instructor within communication (e.g., Organizational Communication, Communicating in the Global Workplace, and Public Speaking) and in a competitive teaching appointment with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to service both to the discipline and to the university. She has reviewed articles for conferences and publication, volunteered with conference organizing and facilitation, and is currently serving as a graduate student representative for the NCA Feminist and Women’s Studies Division. Within the university setting, she has led and served on committees that support our students and institutions, including serving as president of the Purdue Communication Graduate Student Association and as a member of the Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) Academic and Professional Development Committee. Based on efforts like these as well as her mentoring of graduate students, Jasmine was recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, recognizing her promise as a future leader of higher education.
Advisor: Dr. Torsten Reimer
Devika is a PhD candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She started her career as a financial journalist during the 2008 Economic Debt Crisis. The experience piqued her interest in exploring the challenges and processes of communication in financial and other organizational contexts. Her research program focusses on decision making, social networks, new media technologies and small group communication. She is interested to explore the processes by which online and offline social networks impact individual perceptions and organizational decisions. More specifically, her dissertation is looking at how and to what extent do investors interpret and act on founder human capital and social capital cues on LinkedIn. She is an active member of the Communication & Cognition Lab at the Brian Lamb School of Communication that uses psychological methods to study the role of communication in decision making. The lab conducts experimental research in the areas of persuasion, social influence, risk and group communication. She has led a project, which also included mentoring research assistants, that looks into the role of strategic ambiguity in credit card consumer choice behavior. She is also a part of a research team that is looking at students’ recycling behavior. The project, led by Dr Torsten Reimer, is funded by a grant from non-profit environmental awareness organization Keep America Beautiful. Her dissertation research is funded by a Purdue Research Foundation Grant (Summer 2016) and a PROMISE award from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. She is also an Entrepreneurship Research Fellow (2017-18) with Rowan University and is collaborating on a project that looks at social influences on entrepreneurial intent. Devika has taught multiple classes as a primary instructor (e.g Organizational Communication, Communicating in the Global Workplace, Discussion in Technical Problems, Small Group Communication, Principles of Interviewing, Public Speaking). She also has experience in teaching standalone online sections (e.g Principles of Persuasion) and has been a teaching assistant for courses like Communication Research Methods and Principles of Persuasion. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to service. She has reviewed articles for conferences and publications, volunteered with conference organizing and facilitation.Within the university setting, she has led and served on committees that support our students and institutions, including serving as president of the Purdue Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA) and a member of Purdue Convocations. As the president of CGSA, she has demonstrated her commitment to diversity and inclusion by initiating a new position that concentrates on measures to enhance inclusion and dialogue within the department. For her service, she was awarded the Brian Lamb School of Communication Service Award (2017).
Advisor: Patrice Buzzanell
Sean Eddington is a doctoral candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication studying Organizational Communication. Sean’s primary research interests exist at the intersections of organizational communication, resilience, gender, and social justice—particularly as it relates to men’s understanding of their gendered identity. Specifically, Sean’s dissertation research, Networks of Outrage and Identity: Organizing and Identification within /r/TheRedPill, examines online spaces as sites for organizational processes, identity formation and negotiation, gender, and social support in an online men’s rights community. The project potentially offers a pathway into understanding how and why online harassment and gendered threats are becoming increasingly prevalent in online spaces. His dissertation employs multi-level, computational analyses to examine both micro and macro levels of organizing within the Reddit community. Sean has also examined career issues within the engineering discipline regarding (1) new faculty experiences throughout their on-boarding and (2) educational cultures that impact professional formation of engineers, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Both of these projects have been published in the American Society of Engineering Education Conference Proceedings. During his time at Purdue, Sean has presented numerous competitive papers and teaching activities at local, national, and international conferences. Sean has also taught a variety of undergraduate courses including Presentational Speaking, Academic and Career Planning, Small Groups Communication, and Organizational Communication. He has also served as a series editor, contributed to trade publications, and facilitated workshops related to higher education administrators’ work experiences. Sean is also actively engaged within mentoring activities within the Purdue community, and has served as an advisor to multiple student leadership organizations on campus including Beta Theta Pi, which he has received both campus and international awards for his service and mentoring to the local chapter.
Jill Inderstrodt-Stephens is a candidate in the dual-degree Health Communication Ph.D./Masters of Public Health program, and is a recipient of the competitive Frederick N. Andrews Doctoral Fellowship. She holds an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Beloit College. Her forthcoming dissertation interrogates intersections of resilience, academic persistence, and Family Communication Patterns (FCPs) in neighborhoods with high environmental stress. Her other research examines health care decision-making among mothers, the integration of health disparities into local health department strategic planning, and stigma against overweight athletes. In addition to her work in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, Jill also conducts maternal and infant health research with biological anthropologist Amanda Veile in the Purdue Department of Anthropology. Jill’s research has been published in Health Care for Women International, The Journal of Caribbean and Latin American Anthropology, and the Purdue Journal of Service Learning. She has presented competitively-selected papers at numerous communication and public health conferences, earning Top Paper awards at both NCA and the DC Health Communication Conference. Jill is currently Associate Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, where she serves as the Regional Distance Learning Coordinator, developing and administering all of the region’s online and hybrid communication courses and supervising online faculty.
Advisors: Jeong-Nam Kim and Melanie Morgan
Yeunjae is a Ph.D. Candidate in public relations and strategic communication with minors of research methods and organizational communication in Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University. Her research interests include relationship management, public behavior, employee communication, and internal issue management. Her current dissertation work focuses on re-conceptualizing and developing measurements for communal and exchange relationships between an organization and its strategic publics. Her research has been published in the Journal of Communication Management, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Health Communication, and Place Branding and Public Diplomacy and several book chapters including New Media and Public Relations and to name a few. She has presented numerous competitively selected papers at conferences including AEJMC, NCA, IPRRC, and CCI and is a recipient of Ross Fellowship, Inez Kaiser Award, Top Student Paper at AEJMC, Top Faculty Paper at NCA, and Top Three Paper Award at IPRRC. She has taught the following courses as a primary instructor and a teaching assistant: science writing and presentation, interviewing principles and practices, fundamentals of speech communication, introduction to public relations, and quantitative methods in communication research.
Jennifer S. Linvill
Advisor: Stacey Connaughton
Jennifer S. Linvill is a Doctoral Candidate focusing on Organizational Communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication where she also received her Master of Arts in 2008. Her research interests include destructive workplace behaviors, emotions, resilience, leadership, and virtual teams, particularly in the context of organizations. Ms. Linvill periodically teaches Fundamentals of Speech Communication (COM 114), and has presented her work at national and international conferences. She was awarded Purdue University’s 2009 College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award, and her research has been funded by a 2016 PROMISE Award from the College of Liberal Arts as well as various grants. Additionally, Ms. Linvill is a Senior Counselor for International Scholars and Liaison Collaboration Leader in the Office of International Students and Scholars at Purdue University. She is responsible for collaborating with executive level administrators, faculty, staff, scholars, and other stakeholders regarding U.S. employment-based immigration. Ms. Linvill often engages in problem solving by researching legal issues and making recommendations that consider both risk management and customer service. She regularly liaises with Purdue departments, such as Human Resources, the Office of Legal Counsel, the Office of Institutional Equity, and outside legal counsel. She also works with a multitude of government entities, including Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Ms. Linvill has over 13 years of unique academic and professional experience with consistent, above-average performance in a university setting. She was awarded Purdue University’s 2016 Above and Beyond Award by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships.
Advisor: Stacey Connaughton
Emilly is a doctoral candidate in Organizational Communication. Her research interests lie at the intersections of organizational and interpersonal communication. Specifically, she examines the communicative (re)production of structural barriers to gender equity in the workforce. Emilly’s research has examined the gender wage gap, career choices, experiences of sexism in the workforce, and gendered socialization processes. Her research projects have been funded by the Cassandra Book Scholarship, a PROMISE Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue, and the Purdue Research Foundation summer fellowship. Emilly’s dissertation addresses the enduring problem of sexism in the technology industry, specifically within sharing economy organizations. Her project examines how employees at various organizational levels (e.g., executives, managers, employees) as well as board members and contractors construct knowledge about gender diversity and inclusion policies. Her project aims to enhance understandings of obstacles to policy enactment and unearth ways in which organizations could create more equitable work environments. Emilly has presented or will soon present competitively selected papers and posters at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association, the Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Research, the Central States Communication Association, and the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference. During her time at Purdue University, Emilly has taught Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, and a specialty course in Careers, Communication Issues, & Strategies. She also independently mentored an undergraduate student in qualitative methods. Outside of academe, Emilly volunteers as an advocate for children through Tippecanoe County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.
Advisor: Patrice Buzzanell
Jessica Pauly is a Ph.D. candidate in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She identifies as an organizational communication scholar with particular interest in identity, social change, religion, and gender. Jessica is a recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation fellowship grant to complete her dissertation, Authoring Organizational Tensions within the Roman Catholic Church: Women Religious Organize for Themselves. Taking a tension-centered approach to organizations, the goal of this dissertation is to explore how authority/authoring complicates individual through structural policy aspects of alternative organizing within the Roman Catholic Church. Jessica’s past work follows a similar path of interest examining feminism, and values associated with social change pedagogy. She has a manuscript currently under review at The Journal of Communication and Religion considering how women who identify as Catholic and feminist negotiate these two seemingly conflicting identities. Her past work exploring service-learning perspectives and values-centered pedagogy at a research-intensive university is published in Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research. Jessica’s research has been presented at annual meetings of the National Communication Association, and the International Association of Communication, as well as regional conferences. Jessica has experience as a research assistant on multiple projects, including the Purdue Peace Project, which engages a locally-led approach to peacebuilding in West Africa and Central America. Through this work she has traveled to Ghana to aid and assist local peacebuilding efforts, collected data, and co-wrote research articles for publication. Jessica also has past experience as an assistant program coordinator for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue, and prior to that she was assistant to the director for the Center for Civic and Social Responsibility at the University of Kansas. Both of these administrative experiences build on her interests in feminism, gender studies, identity, and social change. During her time at Purdue, Jessica has enjoyed teaching Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Speaking (both in-class and online sections).
Advisor: Patrice Buzzanell
David Torres is a Ph.D. candidate in organizational communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. His research focuses on the intersection of organizing, design inquiry, and stakeholder-centered research. His work seeks to understand and integrate the implications of design mindsets - empathy, specification, ideation, and iteration – as a mode of inquiry. His dissertation project, fully funded by a Purdue Research Dissertation Fellowship, uses human-centered design methodologies to explore complex and integrated socio-technical issues of engineering professional formation and matters of diversity and inclusion. He also is a significant contributor to and co-leader of multiple NSF-funded projects in collaboration with the schools of electrical and computer and biomedical engineering at Purdue University. His work has been published in the Review of Communication, M/C: A Journal of Media & Culture, as well as in Cases in Organizational and Managerial Communication: Stretching Boundaries. His research has also been presented in various conference meetings and conference proceedings, such as, the annual meetings for the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, International Communication Association, American Society of Engineering Educators, and IEEE Frontiers in Education. In addition to his academic accomplishments, David has been an invited consultant in organizational development capacities, including Purdue University’s Department of Chemistry graduate department and leadership teams within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has also taught undergraduate courses in: Introduction to Research Methods, Interviewing: Principles and Practices, and Presentational Speaking.