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Patricia Sias

Patricia Sias

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Curriculum Vitae

Program Director, McGuire Entrepreneurship Program
Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Organizational Communication

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
  • M.A. in Communication at California State University, Sacramento, 1987
  • B.A. in Communication at California State University, Sacramento, 1983
Areas of Research/Expertise
  • Workplace Relationships
  • Leadership
  • Sociocultural Processes of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Teaching Interests
  • Persuasion in Entrepreneurial Contexts
  • Communication and Organizational Change
  • Organizational Communication
Publications and Working Papers

Books

Sias, P.M. (2009). Organizing Relationships: Traditional and emerging perspectives on workplace relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Salvador, M.W., & Sias, P. M. (Eds.) (1998). The public voice in a democracy at risk. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Chapters in Books (partial list)

Sias, P.M. (2014).  Implications of Communication Research for Improving Employee Development Policies, Procedures, and Functions. In (V.D. Miller & M.E. Gordon).  Meeting the challenge of Human Resource Management: A Communication Perspective (pp. 145-152). New York: Routledge.

Kramer, M.W., & Sias, P.M. (2014). Interpersonal communication in formal organizations. Invited chapter in (C. Berger, Ed.), Handbook of Communication Science: Interpersonal Communication, Vol. 6 (pp. 467-492). Berlin, Germany: DeGruyter Mouton.

Sias, P.M., & Kopaneva, I. (2014). Leadership relationships and organizational culture.  Invited chapter in (M. Marchiori, Ed.) Faces of organizational communication, Vol. 6 (pp. 35-48). Brazil: Difusao Editora.

Sias, P.M. (2013). Workplace relationships. Invited chapter in L. Putnam & D. Mumby (Eds.) The SAGE handbook of organizational communication, 3rd ed. (pp. 375-400). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sias, P.M., & Gallagher, E.M. (2013). New employee socialization. Invited chapter in J. Wrench (Ed.), Workplace communication for the 21st Century: Tools and strategies that impact the bottom line, Vol. 1. (pp. 83-108). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Sias, P.M. (2012). Exclusive or exclusory: Workplace Relationships and Ostracism, cliques, and outcasts.  In B.L. Omdahl & J.M. Harden Fritz (Eds.). Problematic Relationships in the Workplace, Volume II. Peter Lang Publishers.

Refereed Journal Articles (partial list)

Sias, P.M., Pedersen, H.C., Gallagher, E.B., & Kopaneva, I. (2012). Workplace friendship in the electronically-connected organization. Human Communication Research, 38, 253-279.

Sias, P.M., Gallagher, E.M., Kopaneva, I., & Pedersen, H. (2012). Peer workplace friendship maintenance: Impact of task interdependence, attachment style, and gender. Communication Research, 39, 239-268.

Bryant, E., & Sias, P.M. (2011). Sensemaking and relational consequences of peer coworker deception. Communication Monographs, 78, 115-137.

Norton, T.M., Sias, P.M., & Brown, S. (2011). Experiencing and managing uncertainty about climate change. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 39, 290-309.

Silva, D., & Sias, P.M. (2010). Connection, restructuring, and buffering: How groups link individuals and organizations. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 38, 145-166.

Gallagher, E., & Sias, P.M. (2009). Newcomers as a source of uncertainty: Veteran information seeking about new hires. Western Journal of Communication, 73, 23-46.

Sias, P.M., Drzewiecka, J., Meares, M.M, Bent, R., Ortega, M., White, C. (2008). Intercultural friendship development. Communication Reports, 21, 1-13.

Fix, B., & Sias, P.M. (2006). Person-centered communication, leader-member exchange, and job satisfaction. Communication Research Reports, 23, 35-44.

Conference Presentations (partial list)

Sias, P.M. (2013, October).  Panelist, The Five R’s of supporting real student startups: Relationship, relationship, relationship, + Risk and Reward.  Annual conference of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.  Kansas City, MO.

Sias, P.M., Norton, T.M., Brown, S., Hardy, K., Kopaneva, I., Typhina, E., Woffinden, R., & Zhu, Z. (2011, November). Experiencing and managing job uncertainty. Competitive Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division at the 2011 National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Sias, P.M., Pedersen, H.C., Gallagher, E.B., & Kopaneva, I. (November, 2011). Workplace friendship in the electronically-connected organization. Competitive Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division at the 2010 National Communication Association Convention.

Bryant, E., & Sias, P.M. (2010, November). “When I had tea with Stephen King:” Sensemaking and Relational Consequences of Peer Coworker Deception. “Top Four” Paper in Organizational Communication. National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Sias, P.M., Gallagher, E.M., Kopaneva, I., & Pedersen, H. (2010, November). Maintaining Peer Workplace Friendships: Tactics and Perceived Politeness. National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Editorships and Editorial Boards
  • Associate Editor, Management Communication Quarterly 2011-present
  • Editorial Board, Communication Research, 2012-present
  • Editorial Board, Communication Studies, 2012-present
  • Editorial Board, Communication Studies, 2002-2006
  • Editorial Board, Communication Monographs, 2001-2004
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Communication Research, 2003-2005
  • Editorial Board, Communication Education, 1999-2002
Awards and Honors
  • 2011 Invited "Last Lecture" Speaker, Randy Pausch Memorial Last Lecture Series, Washington State University.
  • 2007-2008 Washington State University College of Liberal Arts "Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award."
  • 2006, 2008, 2009 Outstanding Mentor Award, WSU Women & Leadership Alliance Forum
  • 2006 "Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award," WSU Graduate Students in Communication Association.
  • 1995, 1996, 2000, 2010 "Top Four" paper in Organizational Communication, National Communication Association (formerly Speech Communication Association).
  • 1995 "Top Four" paper in Applied Communication, Speech Communication Association (co-authored with Fredric Jablin).
  • 1992-1993 "W. Charles Redding Outstanding Dissertation Award" for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in organizational communication, sponsored by the International Communication Association.