Dr. Karen L. Ashcraft – Director/Professor

Spring 2016 Office Hours – Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-1:30pm, and by appointment


I am delighted to be entering my third year with COMM RAP. For the last 20 years, I have been teaching and researching in the area of organizational communication. Much of my work concerns how organizations operate with respect to power and participation, and I am especially interested in how they might operate in more effective, inclusive, and dignifying ways. My scholarship also examines how occupational and professional identities evolve over time and in relation to bureaucratic and alternative organizational forms. A major focus of my research and teaching is how relations of difference — such as gender, race, sexuality, and class — shape our work and organizational lives. It has been an honor to travel around North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, talking with others about these themes and the ways in which work and organizations might change to better address them. After two decades of studying institutions beyond my own, I am thrilled to be part of a program where we confront these and related issues close to home. It has been a joy to join with staff and faculty colleagues here at COMM RAP as we cultivate a stimulating and diverse living-learning community in which not only students but all of us grow as effective, adaptive, and ethical communicators in a complex society. It was a special treat to teach a course on Gender & Communication here last fall (2013). Abundant thanks to all of the COMM RAP students who made that such a rich and rewarding experience. I find the stunning setting of this campus and community — and the Kittredge complex in particular — to be a glorious place in which to learn as well as play together. So I am truly looking forward to another exciting year with the COMM RAP crew, returning and new!