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Jahn, Jody L

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Jody Jahn's research is focused on ways that members of high hazard teams act and communicate with one another. Her most recent research examines how wildland firefighting workgroups interpret standardized safety rules and develop techniques for navigating hazards. Other research interests include organizational sensemaking and environmental conflict.


  • high reliability organizing, organizational socialization, workgroups and teams, vocational/career socialization, sensemaking, environmental conflict


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courses taught

  • COMM 1210 - Perspectives on Human Communication
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Surveys communication in a variety of contexts and applications. Topics include basic concepts and general models of communication, ethics, language and nonverbal communication, personal relationships, group decision making, organizational communication, and impact of technological developments on communication. Required for COMM majors.
  • COMM 1600 - Group Interaction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Learn communication skills to be a better group member and enhance group effectiveness in a variety of professional and civic contexts. Practice group communication skills through an innovative group project and online simulation. Focuses on topics such as group development & socialization, decision making, conflict management, technology & virtual group work, difference & diversity, planning & coordination, leadership & management, and ethics. Required for COMM and COMN majors.
  • COMM 3620 - Advanced Teamwork and Collaboration
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Explores communication and collaboration in complex situations (e.g., extreme environments e.g., space travel; cross-sector collaborations). Reviews and applies key processes of team/group communication and collaboration to the context of extreme teams to identify communication issues and interventions relevant in complex organizing or dangerous situations.
  • COMM 3740 - Qualitative Communication Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Learn to collect and analyze qualitative data (interviews, observations, focus groups) in order to answer research questions about communication and society. Focuses on research that investigates meaning, understanding, process, and interpretation in order to enhance our knowledge of human interaction. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 3750 - Quantitative Research Methods
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Introduces empirical communication research. Students develop skills in collecting data and analyzing statistical research. Students conduct an original research project applying numerical analysis to communication behavior. Recommended prerequisites: COMM 1210 and COMM 1600.
  • COMM 4950 - Senior Thesis: Honors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    For exceptional communication majors who wish to graduate with department honors and receive credit for writing an honors thesis. Recommended prerequisite: COMM 4100 and overall GPA of 3.35 or higher and a COMM or COMN GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • COMM 5210 - Readings in Communication Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Critical overview of leading theoretical traditions in communication studies. Gives attention to metatheoretical issues, including epistemological foundations, the structure of communication theory as a field, and reflexivity between communication theory and cultural practice. Required for doctoral students in communication; optional for master's students.
  • COMM 5620 - Readings in Organizational Communication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Survey of historical and contemporary readings in organizational communication. Treats theory, research, and application from a variety of perspectives.
  • COMM 5930 - Graduate Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Offers opportunities for graduate-level communication related work projects. Limited to 3 hours in spring and fall semesters, 6 hours in summer. The 6-hour limit at MA level and 9-hour limit at PhD level applies to any combination of independent study and internship credit.
  • ORGL 5420 - Knowledge Management
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives typically define knowledge as a commodity that is easily stored and transferred; explores how technological advancements and claims to knowledge ownership constitute management in KM. The course then presents alternative models of knowledge and management in which knowledge is understood as a component of communicative action, and management is portrayed as the construction of communities of practice that share responsibility for innovation.


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