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Holly Payne, Ph.D.
Holly Payne, Ph.D.
- Professor / Corporate and Organizational Communication Program Coordinator / Communication Programs Internship Coordinator - Spring 2023

Interpersonal communication, organizational communication, advanced organizational communication, organizational relationships, and democracy, power, and voice in organizations


Organizational dissent expression, crisis communication, 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: Communication, Technology, and Professional Practices.  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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