Academic

Dr. Pauly’s guiding interests reside in organizational communication, gender studies, and social change. Her recent research projects have focused on Service Learning as a teaching pedagogy, and women who identify as Catholic and feminist (with a  focus on the tension that lies therein). As a qualitative researcher, Jessica Pauly’s questions rely on focus groups and interviews to generate deeper understanding of complex topics. Ultimately, as an advocate for organizational and social change, Jessica would like to engage in theoretically-informed research that has pragmatic implications.


EDUCATION

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

in Lafayette, Indiana  May 2018 Ph.D in Communication Studies,  Advisor: Patrice Buzzanell

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

in Lawrence, Kansas May 2014 Master’s in Communication Studies Advisor: Suzy D’Enbeau (Kent State University), Tracy Russo (University of Kansas)

NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

in Lincoln, Nebraska May 2007 GraduateBachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Minor in Spanish Advisor: Karla Jensen

 


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Brian Lamb School of Communication | Purdue University | Lafayette, IN 47907

Purdue Peace Project. Working as a research assistant, traveling to West Africa to aid and assist local efforts in bringing about peaceful solutions to prevent political violence. Tasks include: researching local news in West Africa; communicating regularly with the West Africa Program Manager about eight current projects; developing data collection plans; collecting data in West Africa; analyzing data; writing research and technical reports; presenting PPP work at conferences (August 2015-present).
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College of Engineering | Purdue University | Lafayette, IN 47907

Faculty Learning Communities. Working in a research team with three other graduate students, Professor Patrice Buzzanell, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Klod Kokini, to assess effectiveness of new engineering faculty learning program. Tasks include: buliding a list of eligible faculty members fit for the study; developing and distributing surveys to faculty; designing and conducinting interviews with faculty members; analyzing data; writing research papers (September 2014-present).
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 Brian Lamb School of Communication | Purdue University | Lafayette, IN 47907

America’s Best Communities Project. Worked as a project manager with Professor Patrice Buzzanell and Professor Steven Wilson to develop, organize, and facilitate focus group events with children in grades first through third to inform a community proposal for a national contest. Tasks included: developing promotional materials to send to local schools and share within the community; developing activites to engage children during the focus groups; organizing and managing other graduate students as they assisted in focus group events; guiding focus groups/collecting data; analyzing data (August 2015-December 2015).
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College of Engineering | Purdue University | Lafayette, IN 47907

Faculty Learning Communities. Working in a research team with three other graduate students, Professor Patrice Buzzanell, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Klod Kokini, to assess effectiveness of new engineering faculty learning program. Tasks include: buliding a list of eligible faculty members fit for the study; developing and distributing surveys to faculty; designing and conducting interviews with faculty members; analyzing data; writing research papers (September 2014-present).

Center for Civic and Social Responsibility | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS 66045

Lawrence Douglas County Health Department. Developed and conducted focus groups and interviews for Project LIVELY to enhance and refresh current marketing materials. (September 2013-November 2013).
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Teaching

Small Group Communication (COM 320) | Fall 2017

This course focuses on communication within small groups and teams by drawing from communication theory and real-life examples. As the sole instructor for this course, I develop course content, lead in-class activities and lessons, and provide feedback.

Organizational Communication (COM 324) | Spring 2017

This course focuses on organizational communication approaches, theories, perspectives, and critiques. As the sole instructor for this course, I developed course content, led in-class activities and lessons, and provided feedback.

Fundamentals of Speech Communication (COM 114) | Fall 2014-Spring 2016

This is an introductory speech course which focuses on the skills and strategies involved in effective public speaking. As the sole instructor for this course, I led in-class activities and lessons, and provided feedback.


GRANTS

2017 PRF Research Grant 2017-2018 | The Graduate School | Purdue University | $17,645

Competitively selected award to support dissertation research. The PRF Research Grant provides an annual salary equivalent to half-time funding for graduate students.

2016 PROMISE Award | College of Liberal Arts | Purdue University | $419.21

Competitively selected award to support early dissertation research with Nuns on the Bus. Funding supported my travels as I attended eight events with Nuns on the Bus in four different Midwestern states.
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 2016 Purdue Graduate Student Government Professional Grant | Purdue University | $700

Competitively selected award to support attendance at a non-academic conference pertaining to my research interests. The Women Deliver conference is the world’s largest global conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.
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2015 Global Synergy Research Grant | College of Liberal Arts | Purdue University | $7,152.50

Co-wrote a competitively selected award to support research on the perceptions and experiences of corporate volunteering and CSR in three different countries (Denmark, Slovenia, and the United States). Funding supported travel, transcription, and materials needed to conduct interviews.
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2012 Service Learning Research Grant | Center for Service Learning | University of Kansas | $275

Requested and received funding for service-learning research. Funding supported transcription of focus groups.
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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

International Communication Association (2017)

National Communication Association (2013-present)

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (2012-present)

Younger Women’s Task Force of Greater Lafayette (2016-present)


Invited Presentations

Purdue University (November, 2016). Communication Graduate Student Association in the Brian Lamb School of
Communication. Making the Most out of NCA.

University of Kansas (April, 2013). Qualitative Methods in Communication Studies (COMS 855). Focus Groups.

University of Kansas (January, 2013). Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Identifying barriers & bridges: A qualitative study of faculty perceptions surrounding service-learning.


DEPARTMENT AND DISCIPLINE SERVICE

Vice President of Graduate Relations. Communication Graduate Student Association. Brian Lamb School of Communication. Purdue University (2015-2016).

Student Volunteer. National Communication Association convention. Chicago, IL (November, 2014).

Student Volunteer. Organizational Communication Mini-Conference. Lafayette, IN (September, 2014).

Student Volunteer. National Communication Association convention. Washington D.C. (November, 2013).

Treasurer and Founding Member. (Pro)Social. Department of Communication Studies. University of Kansas (2013-2014).

(Pro)Social is dedicated to providing social and professional support to Communication Studies graduate students.