Dr. Amy O'Connor
Director of Graduate Studies
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Office: Minard 338-C4
Phone: (701) 231-8585
Spring 2014 office hours: Wednesdays by appointment.
I joined the faculty at NDSU after completing my Ph.D. at Purdue University in 2004. Before returning to graduate school, I worked in advertising and public relations for seven years in Seattle, Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI. As an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Communication, I am fortunate to be able to engage in research and teaching with our graduate and undergraduate students.
My program of research examines how the corporate form shapes and is shaped by our understandings of social issues, work, and community. I am working to develop models to describe and predict how corporations and society communicatively co-construct our understanding and acceptance of the corporate form in society. My research is guided by the simple question “what role should the modern corporation play in the global commons?” Recent articles can be found in the Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, and Business & Society.
This year I will teach classes in our management communication and public relations majors. I have received numerous teaching awards including Blue Key Distinguished Educator, College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year award, and Department of Communication’s “Student Choice” teacher of the year. I also have been selected by the Bison Ambassadors as an Apple Polisher for my teaching and mentoring activities for the past five years. I assist with the PRSSA chapter and enjoy working on the Bateman competition with the students.
I enjoy gardening, being a hockey mom, reading fiction on my Kindle, and playing Wii. My husband and I are raising our three sons along the tranquil and turbulent Red River in Moorhead, MN.
This fall, I will teach COMM 487: Organizational Power and Leadership and COMM 701: Advanced Research Methods in Communication. I will teach COMM 783: Advanced Organizational Communication I in the spring.