I am interested primarily in organizational and small group communication contexts. Specifically, my work focuses on the use of tension-centered inquiry to investigate co-presence in non-traditional organizations, interorganizational collaboration, and collective organizational change. A secondary academic interest includes theory-based work in international and intercultural communication contexts.
I earned my PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, I taught a variety of undergraduate communication courses in the Department of Communication and served as the Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence. Prior to earning my PhD, I also taught communication courses at West Texas A&M University.
In my new role at Missouri State, I look forward to continuing my research line, particularly in the area of interorganizational collaboration and collective change. My hope is to partner with various organizations and collaborative efforts in the Springfield area to advance research in this area of interest while simultaneously engaging in the community and doing my part to advance the public affairs mission of our university. I also aspire to continue my journey of becoming a more effective and engaging educator in the classroom and I look forward to becoming an active member of the Missouri State community in a variety of service roles.
My husband of 8 years is Dr. Seth Hoelscher (Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance and General Business). Outside of our university life, we thoroughly enjoy exploring Springfield and the surrounding area. We look forward to getting more involved in our new communities and becoming Missourians!