Patrice M. Buzzanell

Patrice M. Buzzanell
University of South Florida | USF · Department of Communication

PhD

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Introduction
Patrice M. Buzzanell is Chair and Professor of the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. A Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA), she has served as President of ICA, the Council of Communication Associations (CCA), and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). She became a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 2017. Her research focuses on career, work­life policy, resilience, gender, and engineering design in micro­macro contexts. She has published: 4 edited books; 200 journal articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries; and numerous engineering education and other proceedings.

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The present study examined how identity is affectively organized online in an online men’s rights community, responding to calls to explore how sites like Reddit serve as spaces that host and support varied misogynist language and communities. We utilized scholarship of affective organizing and communicative constitution of organizations to study t...
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Grounded in the communication theory of resilience (CTR; Buzzanell, 2010, 2019), this manuscript reports on three studies that (a) develop a Chinese version of the CTR-based Communication Resilience Processes Scale (CRPS), (b) expand some CRPS subscales to more fully capture the meaning of resilience processes in Chinese contexts, (c) test the effe...
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The search for meaningfulness in work is considered a human need, resulting in growing communication and interdisciplinary scholarship. However, most studies are quantitative and situated in Western, developed nations with different discourses and materialities based on whether studies focus on economically mainstream or marginal, but symbolically...
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This study explores how 92 women disclosed their pregnancies in the workplace. Examining workplace pregnancy disclosure broadly rather than taking a dyadic approach (e.g. employee to supervisor) highlighted tensions and outcomes associated with simultaneously navigating disclosures to multiple colleagues and supervisors. Data analysis revealed four...
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“It's Just a Part of Life” focuses on career and personal challenges as two couples (Maria and Brad; Sara and Alejandro) deal with anticipated and unexpected disruptions in their lives. These couples experience events and opportunities including returns-to-work after laborforce gaps, job changes, geographical relocations, infertility, unplanned bus...
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This work examines three frameworks for responding to economic disruption: risk mitigation, systemic recovery, and economic resilience. Specifically, by reviewing the metatheoretical commitments, analytic contexts, and implications of two economic perspectives, represented by risk mitigation and systemic recovery, we argue that current approaches t...
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This work reviews three frameworks for responding to economic disruption: risk mitigation, systemic recovery, and economic resilience. Specifically, by reviewing extant literature in economics, communication, and other disciplines, we argue that current approaches to understanding resilience in economics largely fail to address ongoing and emergent...
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Memorable messages oftentimes are associated with hope, can foster anticipatory resilience prior to the experience of disruptive events, and can buffer the negative impact of adverse experiences on mental health. However, associations among memorable messages, engagement in resilience processes, and mental health have not been examined. Drawing fro...
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U.S. policymakers designed the Gainful Employment Rule (GE) and College Scorecard (CS) to make college decision-making, the outcome of major choice, and long-term economic cost/benefits of student loans readily transparent. Yet, focus group d/Discourse indicate that such interventions fail to meet these ethical objectives but also undermine student...
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This work extended the communication theory of resilience by examining how individuals construct anticipatory resilience through narratives of disruptive life events. Guided by postmodern antenarrative theory, we analyzed the emplotment of 25 individuals’ narratives of disruptive events to understand how participants make sense of these events and...
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Guided by communication theory of resilience (CTR), we analyze 453 narrative accounts by Reddit user healthcare workers (HCWs) of their experiences with COVID-19-related personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages between March and May 2020. Via thematic analysis and sensitized by CTR concepts, we examine PPE shortages as a disruptive trigger eve...
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Guided by feminist politics of reinscription and intersectionality theory, this study theorized how women entrepreneurs from China, Denmark, and the United States depicted their situated struggles to resist simultaneous interlocking oppressions in everyday entrepreneuring based on 40 in-depth interviews. Participants described that they experienced...
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According to the communication theory of resilience (CTR; P. M. Buzzanell, 2010), people reintegrate from disruptive events and construct a new normal through five interrelated processes: (a) crafting normalcy; (b) affirming identity anchors; (c) maintaining/using communication networks; (d) constructing alternative logics; and (e) foregrounding pr...
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The present study examined how design thinking processes help to facilitate difficult conversations for fostering organizational change toward greater inclusion and equity in undergraduate engineering programs. Regardless of the type of organization or institution, sustainable diversity and inclusion integration requires difficult conversations tha...
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Little is known about how students engage in ethical decision‐making, especially when designing in messy, real‐life contexts. To prepare ethically competent engineers, educators need a richer understanding of students' ethical decision‐making throughout the course of the design process. This study examines students' intuitive ethical decision‐makin...
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We trace back our own multi‐year teaching and writing collaboration in academia to theorize feminist collaboration. Drawing from feminist theories and our autoethnographic reflections, we surface three metaphorical processes that constitute feminist collaboration. We consider feminist collaboration as (a) reflexive becoming, that is, feminist colla...
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Research on women's career equality and leadership is growing in importance for advancing social justice, equal employment opportunity, and global and national economic goals. Despite the increased attention being paid to gender equality for decades, progression has slowed or stalled around the globe, in many countries, such as United States. The g...
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This study examines student designers’ descriptions of ethical decision-making in design work, charting how their ethical reasoning shifts throughout the course of the design process. Additionally, this project extends the utility of reflexive principlism (Beever & Brightman, 2016) as a data analytical device. Reflexive principlism “is an approach...
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Taking a ventriloqual approach to intersectionality analysis, this study investigates the communicative constitution of graduate student parenthood and their work-life negotiations. Analyzing 30 in-depth interviews, we found that figures – ideal graduate student worker norms, gender ideologies of work and family, and cultural values of family and c...
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The combined forces of China’s reforms, resurgent traditional values, and problematic labor market have led the Chinese Post80s generation to reconstruct their careers. Drawing on 33 in-depth interviews, this study examines how Post80s professionals communicatively constitute resilience as they utilize and transform meanings of chengyu (成语, Chinese...
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Purpose This essay first introduces the four contributions to the themed issue of The Learning Organization entitled “Learning Organization/Organizational Learning and Gender Issues”. Second, these commonalities among these articles function as themes that can generate further research and engaged or problem-driven scholarship and practice. Desig...
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Courses: Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication Objectives: This activity encourages students to learn collaboratively about diversity through the sharing of student experiences; deepen and complicate their understanding of organizational diversity; and enhance their ability to apply course material to increasingly complex organ...
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Although largely espoused by contemporary organizations, implementing sustainability is often vague and ineffective. In contrast to most studies that employ resource-based or institutional perspectives to study sustainable organizing, we draw on discursive positioning theory to examine how sustainability practitioners make sense of and enact their...
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Voice is a dialectic process that promotes expression, participation, representation, inclusion, and assertions of interests. Voice, as a situated process, is contested, constrained, and agentic. Multivocality destabilizes unitary understandings of voice. Multivocality surfaces and/or positions plurality, contradiction, ambiguity, and ambivalence....
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Through our case study of a Brazilian not-for-profit focused on sustainability initiatives, we expand knowledge about communicative labor in different Brazilian organizational environments, especially in the third (nonprofit/nongovernmental) sector. Based on a case study for which thematic analyses of in-depth interviews with the entire nongovernme...
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Communication associations can be classified by their scholarly and/or professional nature as well as the local to global constituencies that they serve. This entry provides an overview of associations, noting that their implementations of missions shift as membership changes and requires new services.
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Based on network mapping of 12 in-depth interviews, this exploratory study analyzes the configurations and evolutions of engineering faculty’s mentoring networks. Gender, race/ethnicity, and academic ranking have shaped faculty’s mentoring experiences. Women and ethnic minority faculty in our study tend to be more proactive in building mentoring ne...
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Feminist pedagogies hold potential to create more inclusive and transformative classrooms. Adopting a tension-centered approach, we draw on our individual and collective reflections on the design and instruction of a multisection undergraduate organizational communication course to build an autoethnographic account of the tensions associated with e...
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This study, based on in-depth interviews with 45 practitioners in the emerging field of environmental sustainability, argues for a more nuanced approach to studying the meaningfulness of work. Drawing from the tension-centered approach, we posit that sustainability practitioners derived meaningfulness in tensional ways from circumstances and factor...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to use an affordance approach to understand how university faculty use and value their workspace and respond to proposed spatial changes. Design/methodology/approach A mixed method survey was given to faculty in the college of engineering at a large public American university. Data were analyzed using an afford...
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Our standpoint analysis of 21 women in pink-collar occupations displays how these workers both adhere to and challenge maternity leave discourses by rhetorically positioning their leaves as time off and (dis)ability. They both acknowledge the advantages of and resist discourses of time and (dis)ability by constructing complicated, contradictory, an...
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This study explicated Post80s workers’ communicative constructions of work meanings guided by the dialogical self theory. Analyzing 33 in-depth interviews, we found Post80s workers constructed their work meanings regarding choice, development, and impact as they invoked individual and collective voices amid the discursive and material discontinuiti...
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Designers develop skills and knowledge through experience and feedback – feedback from colleagues, clients, supervisors, users, stakeholders, or the success or failure of a solution and design instructors. However, the design coaches (instructors and industry clients) and design students must negotiate ambiguity in the feedback process. In this art...
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Courses: Undergraduate Organizational Communication, Communication Theory, and Small Group Communication courses.Objectives: This single-class activity aims to engage students actively in explaining and applying systems components, processes, and properties.
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Drawing from the structurational theory of identification [Scott, Corman, & Cheney, 1998] and resilience theory [Buzzanell, 2010], our inquiry provides insight into the sustainability of disaster-relief worker involvement and the discursive processes whereby workers overcome emotional and physical challenges to create resilience labor. Analyzing 23...
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Engineering design is understood to be a social activity, and requires collaboration and negotiation with diverse groups of people. Group communication literature suggests that team member interactions and communication have a major impact on a team's decision-making abilities. Furthermore, these interactions and decision-making processes are impac...
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We analyzed the mentoring narratives of women of color in faculty in engineering using feminist poststructural narratological lenses. We found that university mentoring systems were designed to align with master narratives of mentoring but did not coincide with women faculty’s own mentoring stories. Specifically, women engineers regarded their ment...
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This paper describes the design of an international symposium whereby design researchers and design educators from diverse disciplines form a learning partnership to advance design thinking. Concepts from three theoretical frameworks, the scholarship of integration, learning partnerships and complexity theory, were used to design interactions befor...
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While extensive research and intervention has occurred over the past two decades to ameliorate the underrepresentation of white females and, male and females of color in STEM disciplines, less attention has been paid to the experiences of male STEM students and professionals. The present study sought to explore the mentoring socialization experienc...
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This paper unpacks the communicative constitutions of resilience and sustainability in global communication through research exemplars that address grand challenges for engagement of new generational workforce, better inclusion of professional immigrants, sustainable organizational development and leadership, and infrastructure design for global wa...
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How people talk about their work and careers matters. Desiring meaningful work, people increasingly describe work and careers as a calling. Such callings may be secular or sacred. Popular ways of talking about calling often create problematic, rather than positive, career and life outcomes. In this article, we examine five common, historically infl...
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In engineering ethics, the traditional approach views engineers as individual moral agents who are capable of making autonomous decisions. However, the broader context in which engineers work and make their ethical decisions is often overlooked. In teaching engineering students, institutional climates help define how educational programs, curricula...
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The motivation of the special session was to allow engineering educators and researchers to explore different cultural perspectives of engineering ethics, and understand how that would affect both individual and team ethical decision-making. This will inform how we teach and assess engineering ethics, especially in diverse project teams, and equip...
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As the perceived credibility and availability of conventional sources of applicant information wanes, employers increasingly use online information to evaluate prospective employees' fit. This qualitative study explores how employers communicatively frame online screening—or cybervetting—to inform fit assessments during personnel selection. Finding...
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Engineering is becoming an increasingly global profession, requiring interaction with diverse sets of people from different countries, cultures, and traditions. This diversity introduces more social and ethical complexity to the profession and highlights the importance of enabling engineers to work collaboratively and develop strong ethical decisio...
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Facilitating the development of ethical reasoning in engineering students is an important part of engineering education and the accreditation criteria of ABET. Project-based design has become a prominent pedagogy within current engineering education and offers opportunities where ethical considerations concerning technology, society, people, and th...
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Engineering as a profession is increasingly a team-based and multidisciplinary endeavor, requiring not only technical skills but also the ability to work well with diverse groups of people. In engineering education, students often participate in project teams in which the members must make and execute decisions, relying increasingly on their own re...
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The development of ethical awareness and ethical reasoning is a critical part of engineering education. Appropriate assessments are needed to determine if educational interventions are effective in developing these skills, especially within a team context. Although there are measures to assess general individual moral reasoning, such as the DIT21 ,...
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The authors employ a discursive psychological approach to analyze interviews with students from four different institutions working on multidisciplinary project design teams. Using this approach, we investigate the way students negotiate their specific design tasks, as well as what issues they seem to find most salient about design in their respect...
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We propose a research agenda to study mentoring as constituted communicatively from episodic, network, and intersectional perspectives. The episodic perspective highlights the everyday communicational events and moments of interactions where actions and meanings of mentoring are co-constructed. The network perspective encourages a holistic analysis...
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Multidisciplinary project teams in engineering education allow students to gain experience with engineering on a professional and practical level, while still maintaining a supportive learning environment. This context reflects the team-based and multidisciplinary nature of much professional engineering work. In an increasingly complex environment...
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This study explores how employers report using online information to evaluate job candidates during personnel selection. Qualitative analysis of 45 in-depth employer interviews emphasizes how new and different information visibility afforded by the Internet simultaneously replicates and shifts how employers evaluate reconstructed information about...

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Research collaboration with Patrice Buzzanell and colleagues which centers and advances the communication theory of resilience (CTR; Buzzanell, 2010, 2018, 2019).