Dr. Laurie Lewis is a Professor in Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information. She has served as the Chair of the Department of Communication since 2012. She also serves as Chair of the Organizational Communication division of the National Communication Association and as co-general Editor for the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication (Forthcoming). She is currently representing Rutgers as a CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) Fellow.
Dr. Lewis earned her doctoral degree in Communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994. She received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois and her B.A. from the University of Washington. She has held faculty positions at The Pennsylvania State University and The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches and conducts research in areas of organizational change, stakeholder communication, nonprofit organizations, and interorganizational collaboration, and community communication.
Dr. Lewis is a recognized expert in communication processes during organizational change. Her 2011 book, “Organizational Change: Creating Change Through Strategic Communication" explores strategic approaches to communication within the context of change implementation. More recently, she has co-edited two books on communication and volunteering. Her research has appeared in Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Business Communication among others. She has served as Associate Editor for Management Communication Quarterly, and has served on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Management Communication Quarterly and Journal of Applied Communication Research. She is an active member of the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, the Academy of Management and the National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation.
Dr. Lewis has consulted and done training for a number of for-profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations including Center for Disease Control --Center for Global Health, Habitat for Humanity, USAID, Internal Revenue Service, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Community Action Network, Frito Lay, Merrill Lynch, and Kraft Foods among many others. She is currently a Research Associate for LifeStory Research.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Lewis worked for the Seattle-King County Chapter of the American Red Cross in Human Resource Management. She, her husband Craig Scott, and their two children (Parker, age 15, and Mikyla, age 13) moved to New Jersey in 2006 and have truly adopted this new home.