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Abbey E. Wojno

My research interests lie within organizational, health, and instructional communication. More specifically, my dissertation research considers the work of a nonprofit that facilitates running clubs for people who are experiencing homelessness. In particular, I'm interested in the development of group identities, the representation of nonprofit stakeholders, and relationships of power within these organizations. I seek to call attention the communicative elements of nonprofits in an effort to not only critique points of contention among stakeholders but to also consider what can be learned from this particular organization.

In addition to an interest in organizational communication, I have established a health communication research agenda with an interdisciplinary focus on community health and disease prevention. Much of this research has been conducted with regard to the risk of Dengue Fever and Malaria within rural communities along Ecuador's Pacific coastline.

As an instructor and researcher, I am also intrigued by the potential of online learning to break down barriers to interaction and open doors through which students may experience new ways of living, learning, and communicating. As such, I am enthusiastic about developing an instructional communication research agenda that aligns with my already established commitment to developing innovative e-learning experiences.

As noted above, I've spent much of the last year developing and revising the School of Communication Studies' online public speaking class. In addition to this course, I've taught the basic public speaking class as well as a section focusing on narrative approaches to public speaking. Beyond these courses, I've also taught interviewing and group communication classes. With a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, I am also qualified to teach courses related to Women’s and Gender Studies. As such, I look forward to developing and teaching classes on issues related to women, global feminisms, globalization, and development.