Brittany L. Peterson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (2010) Concentration in Organizational Communication
  • M. A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005) Communication Studies with a concentration in Organizational Communication
  • B. A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2003) Major: Communication, Summa Cum Laude
  • B. B. A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2003) Major: Human Resource Management, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Experience:
Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, 2010-present 
  • Graduate Assistant Instructor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2010 
  • Adjunct Instructor, DeVry University, 2006-2010 
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2003-2005
Related Professional Experience
  • Communication Coach, PLUS Program: McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2010
  • Communication Coach, TEMBA Program: Texas Evening Masters of Business Administration, Summer 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Marketing Trainer, Rural Mutual Insurance, Madison, WI, 2005- 2006
  • Licensed Sales Representative - State Farm Insurance, Various locations in Wisconsin, 1997-2005

Publications:  Publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Communication Monographs, Communication Education, AIDS Care. Also contributed to invited chapters, Communication Currents online publication, and numerous papers presented at communication conventions and conferences

Selected Honors and Awards:  NCA Summer Grant Writing Conference invitee, High North Fellowship recipient, Jesse H. Jones Endowed Centennial Fellowship recipient, NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar invitee, Competitive Paper Award Organizational and Professional Division Central States, Academic Achievement Honor (UT Austin), Masters Thesis Honors (UW-Milwaukee)

Research Interests:  My research interests center on issues of membership in organizations. More specifically, my work focuses on extending traditional ideas of membership (e.g., employee/contract, voluntary) and proposes an additional type of membership that we have yet to consider and understand: involuntary membership. Additionally, I have been grappling with the ideas of enduring (or inescapable) membership and multiple membership within varied organizational contexts. I am fundamentally interested in how these matters of membership relate to organizational socialization, assimilation, identification, dis-identification and non-identification. I am currently studying these issues in the prison context.

Teaching Specializations:  Organizational communication, Advanced Organizational Communication, Qualitative Research, Organizational Voluntary & Involuntary Membership

Personal: I live in Athens with my husband Steve and my son Paxton. We are die-hard sports fans and cheer for the WI Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Texas Longhorns, and of course the Ohio Bobcats! In my spare time I also enjoy cooking, baking, & exploring the beautiful parks that Ohio has to offer.