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Holly Payne, Ph.D.
Holly Payne, Ph.D.
- Professor

Interpersonal communication, organizational communication, applied organizational communication, employee communication, organizational relationships, advanced interpersonal and organization communication, public speaking, business and professional speaking


Organizational dissent expression, communication competence in the workplace, intersections between interpersonal and organizational communication, democracy and voice in the workplace, influence of family communication on workplace behavior


Holly J. Payne (PhD, Communication, University of Kentucky) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Kentucky University. Her research focuses on dissent expression, organizational identification, and school crisis communication. Her work in this area is published in outlets such as Communication Studies, Computers in Human Interaction, Communication Research Reports, and the International Journal of Business Communication. She is also co-author of a business and professional communication textbook titled, Competent Communication at Work: Strategies and Standards for Success.  Dr. Payne teaches courses in interpersonal and organizational communication and is an active member of the National Communication Association and the Kentucky Communication Association.


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 Last Modified 11/12/18