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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. (In press). Workplace relationships. In L. Putnam & D. Mumby (Eds.) The handbook of organizational communication (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sias, P.M. (In press). 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.

Sias, P.M., & Kopaneva, I. (In press). Leadership relationships and organizational culture.  In M. Marchiori (Ed.) Faces of organizational communication (Vol. 3). Brazil: Difusao Editora.

Sias, P.M., & Gallagher, E.M. (In press). New employee socialization. In J. Wrench (Ed.), Workplace communication for the 21st Century: Tools and strategies that impact the bottom line. Praeger.

Sias, P.M., & Gallagher, E.M. (2009). Developing, maintaining, and disengaging from workplace friendships. In R.L. Morrison & S.L. Wright (Eds.) Friends and enemies in organizations: A work psychology perspective (pp. 78-100). London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Sias, P.M (2009). Social ostracism, cliques, and outcasts. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. Davenport Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 145-163).

Sias, P.M. & Bartoo, H. (2007). Friendship, social support and health. In L. L’Abate,D.D. Embrey, & M.S. Baggett (Eds.). Handbook of low-cost interventions to promote physical and mental health: Theory, research, and practice. Springer-Verlag Publishers.

Sias, P.M. (2006). Workplace relationship deterioration. In J.H. Fritz and B. Omdahl (Eds.), Problematic relationships in the workplace (pp. 69-89). Peter Lang Publishers.

Sias, P.M., Krone, K.J., & Jablin, F.M.  (2002). An ecological systems perspective on workplace relationships. In M.L. Knapp & J. Daly (Eds.), Handbook of interpersonal communication (3rd ed.), Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Jablin, F.M. & Sias, P.M. (2001). Communication competence.  In F.M. Jablin, & L.L. Putnam, (Eds.) Handbook of organizational communication: Advances in theory, research, and methods.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

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.

Sias, P.M. (2005). Workplace relationship quality and employee information experiences. Communication Studies, 56, 375-396.

Tidwell, M., & Sias, P.  (2005). Personality and employee information–seeking: Understanding how traits influence information-seeking behaviors. Journal of Business Communication, 42, 51-78.

Sias, P. M., & Perry, T.  (2004). Disengaging from workplace relationships: A research note. Human Communication Research, 30, 589-602.

Sias, P.M., Heath, R.G., Perry, T., Silva, D., & Fix, B. (2004). Narratives of workplace friendship deterioration. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 21, 321-340.

Conference Papers (partial list)

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. 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. National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA.

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.

Norton, T.M., Sias, P.M., & Brown, S. (2009, November). Uncertainty Management and Climate Change: A Qualitative Inquiry of State Uncertainty and Response Strategies among Public, Private and Non-Profit Organizations. National Communication Association conference in Chicago, IL.

Silva, D., & Sias, P.M., Connection, restructuring, and buffering: The role of groups in the individual-organizational relationship. National Communication Association conference in San Diego, CA.

Sias, P.M., Norton, T.M., Gish, C., Warner, L., Karpal, N., & Tobias, J. Disciplining Organizational Practice: The role of Space and Place in Workplace Communication. National Communication Association conference in San Diego, CA.

Norton, T.M., & Sias, P.M. Organizations as Nets: Engaging materiality and the structural dynamics within and among organizations. 2008 National Communication Association conference in San Diego, CA.

Gallagher, E., & Sias, P.M. (2007, November). Have you met the new guy?: Veteran information seeking about new hires. National Communication Association conference in Chicago, IL.

Sias, P.M. (2004, November). Workplace relationship quality and employee information experiences.  National Communication Association conference in Chicago, IL.

Sias, P.M. (2003, November). Mentor or Menace: U.S. Business Magazine Constructions of the Workplace Relationship. National Communication Association conference in Chicago, IL

Bartoo, H., & Sias, P.M. (2003, November). Communication Apprehension and employee information receiving perceptions.  National Communication Assoc. conference in Miami, FL.

Chen, T., Drzewiecka, J. & Sias, P.M. (2001, February). Dialectical tensions in Taiwanese International Student Friendships. Western Speech Association annual convention in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Sias, P.M. (2000, November). From friends to coworkers: Narratives of workplace friendship deterioration. “Top Four” paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division at the 2000 National Communication Association conference in Seattle, WA.

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.