Laurie Lewis has served as chair of the Department of Communication (2012-2016), director of the MCIS program (2007-2012), and chair of the Organizational Communication division of the National Communication Association (2015). She currently serves as co-editor for the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. She researches and teaches in the areas of organizational change, collaboration, and civil society organizing.
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Illinois
University of Washington
B.A., Speech Communication, Sociology
Laurie Lewis teaches and conducts research in areas of organizational change, stakeholder communication, interorganizational collaboration, and civil society organizations and community communication. She is a recognized expert in communication processes during organizational change.
The author and editor of several books, including “Organizational Change: Creating change through strategic communication,” Lewis's 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 currently serves as co-editor of the International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. 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.
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.
- Community Engagement
- Collaborative Design and Society
- Civil Society
- Organizational Change
- Organizational Communication
- Urban Community
Centers, Labs, and Clusters
Lewis, L. K. (2011). Organizational Change: Creating change through strategic communication. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Scott, Craig R., Lewis, L., et al., eds. The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Wiley Blackwell, 2017. Print.
Kramer, M., Lewis, L., & Gossett, L. (Eds.) (2013). Volunteering and communication Vol I: Studies from multiple contexts. Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Kramer, M., Lewis, L., Gossett, L. (Eds.)(2014). Volunteering and communication Vol II: Studies in international and intercultural contexts. Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Lewis, L. K. (2006). Collaborative interaction: Review of communication scholarship and a research agenda. In C. Beck (Ed.), Communication yearbook 30 (pp. 197-247). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Awards & Recognitions
Book of the Year, "Organizational change: Creating Change Through Strategic Communication"—National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division, 2011
Distinguished Edited Book Award, "Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts"—National Communication Association, Applied Communication Division, 2014
Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly, Committee on Institutional Cooperation), Academic Leadership Program Fellow, 2014-15
Departmental Teaching Award, Department of Communication, Rutgers University, 2010-11
Departmental Service Award, Department of Communication, Rutgers University, 2009-2010 and 2015-2016