Dr. Laurie Lewis is a Professor in Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information. 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. She is also the Director of the Master of Communication and Information Studies program at Rutgers.
Dr. Lewis is a recognized expert in communication processes during organizational change. She recently published her first book “Organizational Change: Creating Change Through Strategic Communication." 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 current serves 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 Association of Communication, International Association of Communication, Academy of Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and the National Association of Planning Councils.
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 and a member of the training team for Rutgers Center for Management Development since 2006.
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 12, and Mikyla, age 10) moved to New Jersey in 2006 and are greatly enjoying their new home and surroundings.