Organizational Communication Division

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The purpose of the Organizational Communication Unit is to promote research and teaching that highlights communicative behavior in organizational settings. Members are concerned with the creation of meaning, the production of messages, and the processing of information that makes organizing possible. Members are engaged in developing, explicating, and applying theories and concepts that speak to the diverse array of issues facing organizations and members of all types, including both the paid and nonpaid labor force, profit and nonprofit organizations, managers and employees, and the intersection of work, home, and society at large. The unit embraces diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to research and theory relevant to organizational communication including postmodern and humanistic inquiries, and social scientific and social constructionist frameworks. The goals of the unit’s activities are to acknowledge, debate, and reformulate understandings of organizational communication in an effort to forward new knowledge, prepare students to participate in their communities and workplaces in more informed ways, prepare the next generation of scholars and teachers, and provide expert advice to organizations interested in improving communication and the workplace more generally. Members of the Organizational Communication Unit support these activities by participating in scholarly discussions at national meetings and by publishing relevant books, monographs, and technical reports. They also provide expert commentary for media outlets, teach and mentor both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as practicing professionals, and consult with both corporate and nonprofit groups in a variety of training, development, and assessment activities. Members of the unit also support community engagement that promotes open dialogue and participative, ethical, and inclusive practices.

The Big IDEA: Fostering Connections in Org Comm Podcast

Organizational Communication Division’s Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Justice (2020) 

Open Letter for Structural Change in Support of Diversity in the Organizational Communication Division (December, 2019)

2024 Interest Group Leadership

  • Chair: Joshua Barbour, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Vice Chair: Maria Dixon, Southern Methodist University
  • Vice-Chair Elect: Surabhi Sahay, Penn State Abington
  • Immediate Past Chair: Shawna Malvini Redden, California State University
  • Secretary: Virginia Sanchez, Auburn University
  • IDEA Committee Chair: Corey Reutlinger, Arizona State University 
  • Awards Committee Chair: Marianne LeGreco, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • Mentoring Committee Chair: Arden Roeder, Baylor University
  • Graduate Student/Early Career Representative: Scotti Branton II, University of Arkansas


2024 NCA Positions

  • Legislative Assembly
    • Shawna Malvini Redden, California State University
    • Corey Reutlinger, Arizona State University
    • Virginia Sanchez, Auburn University

    NCA Nominating Committee: 

    • Shawna Malvini Redden, California State University

OCD Membership (2013-2024)

*Official count taken each January.


Award Calls


Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election