Dr. Catherine Y. Kingsley Westerman
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Office: Minard 338-C22
Phone: (701) 231-6649
On research by assignment Spring 2015. Office hours by appointment.
Prior to joining the faculty at NDSU, I taught and did research at Michigan State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Tennessee. I also worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, conducting behavioral research on coal mine safety at the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research in Pittsburgh, PA. My undergraduate degree is from Manchester University (formerly Manchester College), and both my M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) are from Michigan State University.
My ongoing research portfolio is centered in three areas: the feedback exchange between supervisors and subordinates, employee health information disclosure in organizations, and managing inequity in workplace friendships. I am actively working on all three lines, including submission to conferences and for publication. I’ve also had the opportunity to pitch in on various projects outside of these areas and am interested in collaboration outside of my own research areas. Almost all of my research is collaborative in some way and I enjoy working with both colleagues and graduate students.
This fall, I'm teaching COMM 383: Organizational Communication I, COMM 783: Advanced Organizational Communication I, and COMM 790: Professionalization 101. I will be on leave from teaching responsibilities in the spring, but will still be working on research projects.