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Janell Bauer

How do workers negotiate identity? What discursive resources do professional workers draw upon to make sense of their relationship with work? How does work shape our understanding of self, family, and community? These are a few of the questions that drive Dr. Bauer’s research in Organizational Communication. Dr. Bauer began her career at James Madison University in 2010.  She joined the JMU community from Colorado where she received her Ph.D. in organizational communication. 

Inspired by the intersections of her own personal and professional experiences, Dr. Bauer has investigated the above broad questions through qualitative research on how bereaved employees talk about grief in relation to work. Theoretically, Dr. Bauer states she is driven by critical and feminist commitments that encourage the interrogation of power structures.

Dr. Bauer attended the University of the Pacific for her undergraduate and master’s degrees. At UOP her studies focused on English literature, journalism, and organizational communication. 

Dr. Bauer teaches a variety of classes in the Organizational Communication and Public Relations concentrations, in addition to gender communication and qualitative research methods. Recently she has enjoyed exploring the ways social media, such as Twitter and blogging, can be used to extend intellectual conversation beyond the classroom walls. She states: “Twitter gives students and professors a space to connect class concepts to larger societal conversations and pop culture examples. We share our insights and ideas as they occur to us. I think communication via social media can facilitate a stronger sense of community among students and faculty.”

Outside of academic life, Dr. Bauer enjoys playing with her dog Olive, listening to records, and going to concerts. As a native of California she also appreciates trips to the coast and adventures in the mountains.

Dr. Bauer with her dog Olive.

Dr. Bauer enjoys the day with Olive.

“These perspectives direct my attention toward the subtle ways that meanings are reproduced and the discursive practices which enable dominant interests to obscure alternative ways of being and making meaning at work.”

Dr. Bauer with her sister at a JMU game.

Dr. Bauer with her sister Kelsey.