Jessica Kamrath

Instructor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1205

Student Information

Graduate Student
Communication
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Biography

Jessica Kamrath earned her BA in Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in June of 2005.  She returned to school the following fall to earn her teaching licesnsure.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Cum Laude in June of 2008 with a BS in Education certified to teach grades 6-12 in Speech Communication and English. 

Jessica moved to Arizona with her husband in 2008 and started working at Williams Field High School in Gilbert teaching English and Speech and Debate.  Jessica also continued her coaching career and began her third season coaching Forensics/Speech and Debate, Cross Country, and Track and Field.  Jessica began her masters in 2011 upon acceptance to the Masters of Communication Studies program at ASU West.  She graduated in May of 2015 with her MA in Communication Studies. 

Jessica recently earned her PhD in Communication from Arizona State University. She studied in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Her research interests focus on organizational communication, leadership communication, and communication and sport. Specifically, she is interested in how organizational leaders can create a culture of resilience and well-being through community development approaches. In the areas of leadership and instruction she is interested in leadership pedagogy and the impact of transformational approaches to teaching. Lastly, she does research and teaching in sport communication focused on sport culture, identity, and coach-athlete communication. She is passionate about education and teaching and loves teaching courses, such as Communication and the Art of Happiness, Communication and Sport, and Leadership courses. 

Jessica loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband, Erik, and two dogs - a boxer named Happy and a chocolate lab named Rocco. She loves camping, hiking, and running. She also enjoys watching Wisconsin sports or attending sporting events.  

 

 

 

Education

 

 

Research Interests

My research interests are positioned within organizational. leadership, and instructional communication focusing on organizational well-being and happiness in connection with the communicative processes of resilience. I am specifically interested in the transferability of community development and strengths-based approaches to organizational settings. I also seek to understand transformative approaches to leadership pedagogy in order to design courses that go beyond epistemological approaches to learning by creating opportunities for students to engage in organizational and leadership communication through intentional practice. Additionally, I am interested in organizational culture, identity, and communication in sport organizations.

Specifically, I want to understand the transferability of community development and strengths-based approaches in building an organizational community that is collaborative, builds community, and creates a culture of resilience and well-being. My interdisciplinary work with sustainability positions me in a collaborative role as a researcher and has developed my community orientation in working with both organizational and local communities.  In my role as a researcher, I want to understand and create opportunities for organizational leaders to foster a culture of resilience and well-being through community development approaches. At the classroom level, I am interested in transformational leadership and the ways in which leadership pedagogy can create opportunities for students to master communication topics through the being and doing of leadership and organizational communication. Given my role as a paid research assistant on the NCAA Mind Matters grant-funded research project with the Center for Strategic Communication, a developed area of my research is connected to organizational values, norms, and identities in sports organizations.

 

Research Activity

PUBLICATIONS

Under Review

Corman, S.R., Adame, B.A., Tsai, J., Ruston, S., Beaumont, J.S., Kamrath, J.K., Liu, Y., Posteher, K.A,

Tremblay, R., & van Raalte, L.J. (Revise and Resubmit; Resubmitted February 2018). Socioecological influences on concussion reporting by NCAA Division 1 athletes in high-risk sports. PLoS One.

Briggs, A.D., Keahey, J., Rodriguez, N. Berejnoi, E., Kamrath, J.K., & Cloutier, S. (Revise and

Resubmit; Resubmitted April 2018). Stakeholder Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship: Tools for Sustainable Development in Colombia. Environment, Development, & Sustainability.    

Ruston, S., Kamrath, J.K., Posteher, K.A., Zanin, A., Liu, Y., & Corman, S.R. (Revise and Resubmit April

2018) Performance vs. Safety: Understanding the Logics of Cultural Narratives Influencing Concussion Reporting Behaviors. Communication & Sport.  

Zanin, A., Kamrath, J.K., Posteher, K.A. Ruston, S., & Corman, S.R. (Under Review April 2018). Athletic team

concussion sensemaking and cultural sport narratives. Qualitative Health Research.

Zanin, A., Kamrath, J.K., Corman, S.R. (Under Review May 2018). A Bona Fide Group perspective of athletic

healthcare teams and concussion reporting. Small Group Research.

In Progress

Kamrath, J.K., Tsai, J., Liu, Y., & Corman S.R. (in progress). Internal communication patterns of athletes,

coaches, and athletic trainers: Barriers and contributing factors in athlete concussion reporting norms in Division 1 collegiate sports. To be submitted to Communication Monographs.

Liu, Y., Tsai, J., Kamrath, J.K., & Corman S.R. (in progress) Understanding concussion education in NCAA

Division 1 collegiate sports. To be submitted to Health Communication.

Kamrath, J.K. (In progress) Enacting resilience through messages of mental toughness: An exploration of

coaches’ messages to youth athletes. To be submitted to Communication & Sport.

Kamrath, J. K., & Mean, L. J. (In progress). Conceptualizing and enacting mental toughness in youth sport:

Coach perspectives on training youth athletes for mental toughness. To be submitted to Communication & Sport.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Zanin, A., Kamrath, J.K., Corman, S.R. (October 2018). A Bona Fide Group perspective of athletic healthcare

teams and concussion reporting. Paper submitted to the National Communication Association (NCA)

Annual Convention (Small Group Communication Division), Salt Lake City, UT.

Zanin, A., Kamrath, J.K., Posteher, K.A., Ruston, S., & Corman, S.R. (October 2018). Athletic team concussion

sensemaking and cultural sport narratives. Paper submitted to the National Communication Association

(NCA) Annual Convention (Health Communication Division), Salt Lake City, UT.   

Ruston, S., Kamrath, J.K., Posteher, K.A., Zanin, A., Liu, Y., & Corman, S.R. (October 2018)

Performance vs. Safety: Understanding the Logics of Cultural Narratives Influencing Concussion Reporting Behaviors. Paper submitted to the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention (Sport Communication Division), Salt Lake City, UT.   

Kamrath, J.K. (February 2018) Increasing subjective happiness levels in university students: Interventions

through Communication and the Art of Happiness coursework. Paper accepted for presentation at Western States Communication Association (Communication and Instruction), Santa Clara, CA.

Town, S., Adame, E., Tracy, S., Donovan, M., Clark, L., Kamrath, J. K., Pettigrew, J., Razzante, R., Towels,

M., Tremblay, R., & Becker, K. (2017). Would they get the job?: Predicting the hireability of transformational leaders. Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association, Santa Clara, CA.

Corman, S.R., Adame, B.J., Tsai, J., Ruston, S.W., Beaumont, J.S., Kamrath, J.K., Liu, Y., Posteher, K.A.,

Tremblay, R., & van Raalte, L.J. (November 2017). Changing the culture of concussion reporting among college athletes: The role of vested interests, organizational culture, and cultural narrative. Paper presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention (Health Communication Division), Dallas, TX.

Donovan, M., Tracy, S.J., & Kamrath, J.K. (May 2016). The case of a transformation adventure: Meeting

phenomenology through Being a Leader pedagogy. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenology. Phoenix, AZ.

Tracy, S.J., Kamrath, J.K., & Jones, S. (October 2016). Why ‘practical application’ isn’t enough: Creating

organizational communication scholarship that matters. Paper presented at Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations, a 40th Anniversary Conference, Austin TX.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, PANELS, & WORKSHOPS

Adame, B.J., Tsai, J., Ruston, S.W., Beaumont, J.S., Liu, Y., Posteher, K.A., Kamrath, J.K., Corman,

S.R. (April 2018) Collegiate athletes’ vestedness in perceived concussion and head impact risks. Poster presented at the Kentucky Health Communication Conference. Lexington, KY.

Tracy, S.J., Kamrath, J.K., Adame, E., Clark, L., Donovan, M., Pettigrew, J., Razzante, R., Tietsort, C., Towels,

Town, S., Tremblay, R. (March 2018). How to qualitatively assess an intervention with a large collaborative (relatively unfunded) research team: A backstage story of analyzing the being of leadership. Presented at the International Qualitative Research in Management and Organizations Conferences (QRM), Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Adame, E., Tietsort, C., Tracy, S. J., Clark, L., Donovan, M., Kamrath, J.K., Pettigrew, J., Razzante, R.,

Towles, M., Town, S., & Tremblay, R. (March 2018). Teaching leadership or transforming students into leaders: A qualitative exploration of the role of transformational leadership pedagogy on student learning orientation. Presented at the International Qualitative Research in Management and Organizations Conferences (QRM), Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

Kamrath, J.K., Pindi G.N., Redden, S.M., Rivera, K.D., Tracy, S.J. (November 2017) Breakthroughs,

breakdowns, tips: Practical wisdom & negotiating organizational research access. Panel presenter at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention (Organizational Communication Division), Dallas, TX.

Kamrath, J.K. (October 2017) Narratives of successes and strengths as a method toward employee resilience &

well-being. Presented at the Organizational Communication Mini Conference 2017, Athens, OH. 

Tremblay, R., Kamrath, J. K., Town, S., Towles, M., Razzante, R., Tracy, S. J., Adame, E., Pettigrew, J., &

Becker, K. (July 2017). Tomorrow’s leaders: Crafting and assessing transformative pedagogy in leadership. Presented at the annual meeting of The Aspen Conference on Engaged Scholarship, Aspen, CO.

Tsai, J., Liu, Y., Kamrath, J.K., Ruston, S., Adame, B.J., Tremblay, R., Posteher, K.A., van Raalte, L.J.,

Beaumont, J.S., & Corman S.R. (November 2017). Exploring the influence of organizational norms on sport related concussion management for NCAA Division 1 collegiate athletes. Presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA.

Liu, Y., Tsai, J., Kamrath, J.K., Ruston, S., Adame, B.J., Tremblay, R., Posteher, K.A., van Raalte, L.J.,

Beaumont, J.S., & Corman S.R. (November 2017) Understanding concussion education in NCAA Division 1 collegiate sports. Presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta GA.

Ruston, S., Kamrath, J.K., Liu, Y., Posteher, K.A., van Raalte, L.J., Tremblay, R, Beaumont, J.S., & Corman,

S.R. (March 2017). NCAA Mind Matters Challenge: Cultural narratives and their role in the student-athlete concussion injury reporting. Presented at the International Association of Communication and Sport 10th Summit on Communication and Sport. Phoenix, AZ.

Tsai, J., Liu, Y., Kamrath, J.K., Poesteher, K.A., van Raalte, L.J. & Corman, S.R. (March 2017). Exploring

organizational culture and concussion reporting in NCAA Division 1 collegiate sports. Presented at the International Association of Communication and Sport 10th Summit on Communication and Sport. Phoenix, AZ.

Adame, B.J., van Raalte, L.J., Liu, Y., Poesteher, K.A., Kamrath, J.K., Tremblay, R., Beaumont, J.S., &

Corman, S.R. (March 2017) Vestedness in concussion reporting attitudes and behaviors in Division 1 collegiate athletes. Presented at the International Association of Communication and Sport 10th Summit on Communication and Sport. Phoenix, AZ.

Tracy, S.J., Kamrath, J.K., & Donovan, M. (April 2015). Creating a context for transformation: A plenary

workshop on language & leadership. Leadership workshop and plenary session presented at the Conflict Transformation Summit. Tempe, AZ.

Tracy, S.J., Kamrath, J.K., & Donovan, M. (March 2015). Report from the field on the Being a Leader

workshop and course at ASU. Report from the field presented at The First Annual Conference for Ontological Inquiry. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Kamrath, J.K. (March 2016). Leader and leadership as a realm of possibility: Creating a context for

transformation and the effective exercise of leadership. Leadership presentation and workshop presented at the CLAS Student Leader Night. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Kamrath, J. K., & Mean, L. J. (March 2014). Conceptualizing and enacting mental toughness in youth sport:

Coach perspectives on training youth athletes for mental toughness. Presented at the International Association of Communication and Sport 7th Summit on Communication and Sport. New York, NY.

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 407 Adv Critical Methods in Comm
COM 452 Communication of Happiness
COM 598 Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 400 Communication in Professions
COM 598 Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 430 Leadership Group Communication
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 452 Communication of Happiness
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 430 Leadership Group Communication
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 300 Comm in Interdiscipl Studies
COM 452 Communication of Happiness
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 452 Communication of Happiness
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 430 Leadership Group Communication
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 230 Small Group Communication

Presentations

 

COURSES TAUGHT

GRADUATE

Negotiation Theory and Practice*, (Online)

COM 598  Summer 2018 (Faculty Associate)

*This course is currently under development for the ASU Online MA program and will be offered Summer 2018 B Session.

Being a Leader through Language, Graduate, (In-Person)

COM 691  Fall 2016 (Seminar Assistant)

This doctoral level course utilizes an ontological/phenomenological approach to leadership through transformative learning methodologies giving students access to being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership through personal transformation required to individually be an effective leader.

UNDERGRADUATE

Communication in the Professions: Intercultural Business Communication, Undergraduate, (Online)

COM 400  Summer 2017, 2018 (Graduate Teaching Associate; Faculty Associate)

Course introduces students to basic concepts, principles and skills for improving communication across cultural differences in business contexts. Topics include concepts of cultural intelligence, individual cultural backgrounds, cultural values in verbal and nonverbal practices, conflict strategies, negotiation styles, identifying cultural rules, establishing relationships across cultures, understanding the role of technology and ethics across cultures.

Leadership and Group Communication, Undergraduate, (Online)

COM 430  Summer 2015, 2016, & 2017 (Instructor on Record)

Course that emphasizes theory and process of leadership in group communication, emphasizing philosophical foundations, contemporary research and applications to group situations.

Communication and the Art of Happiness, Undergraduate, (In-Person)

COM 452  Fall 2015, Spring 2016, & Fall 2016 (Instructor on Record)

Course that examines how communication behaviors relate to constructing happiness and wellbeing. Topics include gratitude, forgiveness, social support, appreciation, social networks and communicative contagion of mood intersecting with issues of dyadic, group and organizational communication.

Communication and Sport: Surveying the Field, Undergraduate (In-Person)

COM 300  Spring 2016 (Instructor on Record)

Course is designed to introduce students to communication and sport by exploring current issues driving sport communication research. Students learn about sports issues and contexts from various communication lenses, such as interpersonal, organizational, cultural, rhetorical, and a mass communication perspective.

Being a Leader, Undergraduate, (In-Person)

COM 494  Spring 2015 & Fall 2015 (Graduate Teaching Associate)

Course utilizes an ontological/phenomenological approach to leadership through transformative learning methodologies giving students access to being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership through personal transformation required to individually be an effective leader.

Small Group Communication, Undergraduate, (In-Person)

COM 230  Fall 2014 (Graduate Teaching Associate  Lecture; Instructor on Record  Breakout Session); Fall 2015 (Instructor on Record)

Course surveying the principles and processes of small group communication, attitudes, and skills for effective participation and leadership in small groups, small group problem solving, and decision making.

Introduction to Human Communication, Undergraduate, (In-Person)

COM 100  Fall 2014 (Graduate Teaching Associate)

Course that focuses on a topics-oriented introduction to basic theories, dimensions, and concepts of human communicative interaction and behavior.

Communication and Work Relationships, Undergraduate, (Online)

COM 451  Spring 2014 (Course Assistant)

Course that analyzes communication principles and practices associated with supervisory, peer, and client relationships.

Dissent in Organizations, Undergraduate, (Hybrid)

COM 400  Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 (Course Assistant)

Course that features specialized study of communication processes in professional and organizational settings with this offering focused on the expression of dissent in organizations.

Communication Training and Development, Undergraduate, (Online)

COM 453  Summer 2012 & 2013 (Course Assistant); Spring 2015 (Instructor on Record)

Course examines procedures for and skills associated with conducting communication training and development in business, industry, and government settings.

SECONDARY

General Strength & Conditioning (Grades 9-12). Course teaches the structure and function of the muscular system while increasing muscular strength and body composition. Lifting programs are designed on a semi-individual basis and individual target areas will be the focus.

Strength & Conditioning Athletic Emphasis (Grades 9-12). Courses teaches the structure and function of the muscular system while increasing muscular strength and body composition. Lifting programs are designed to increase overall strength as well as sport specific strength while focusing on core strength, basic lifts, and supplemental/sport specific lifts.

English Literature (Grade Level 11/12). Survey course in American Literature that involves the study of styles, techniques, philosophies, biographies, and ideas of major American writers as well as the historical events that influenced their works. 

Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition (Grade Level 11/12). Course prepares students for the AP Language and Composition exam. Students read college-level materials with an emphasis on rhetorical analysis and argument.

Speech and Debate (Grade Level 10-12). Course centers on developing effective public speaking skills, focusing on informing and persuading others through research and argumentation.  Content includes traditional two-person debates, storytelling, oral interpretation, dramatic performance, as well as participation in adjudicated debate competitions.

English Composition (Grade Level 10-12). This course explores genres through reading and writing.  Students write expository, expressive, persuasive, and functional text essays. 

Honors English (Grade Level 10-12). Advanced coursework in English literature and composition designed to provide preparation for subsequent AP Language and Literature courses.

Freshman Speech (Grade Level 9). Introductory course designed to develop communication and public speaking skills, research, organization and time management skills, and interpersonal and team skills.

Written Communication (Grade Level 12). This course helps students improve writing skills with an emphasis on workplace writing.  Students learn to use the language, style and format appropriate to the subject matter, purpose and audience.  Successful completion with a B or better equates to Fox Valley Technical College Credit.

Oral/Interpersonal Communication (Grade Level 12). Couse emphasizes the interpersonal workplace communication skills related to communicating effectively with co-workers, supervisors, clients, and customers. Successful completion with a B or better equates to Fox Valley Technical College Credit.

Fundamentals of Speech (Grade Level 11/12). Course combines theory, practice and competency evaluation to help students understand the communication process. Course uses the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh curriculum and students may earn college credit.

English Literature 3 (Grade Level 11). This course focuses on major American writers, literary forms, and themes in American literature.

Effective Speech (Grade Level 10-12). Course is designed to expose students to various types and contexts of communication.  Research, organization, and documentation, in addition to the use of specific public speaking skills, are practiced and assessed.

Speech (Grade Level 10). Students learn skills associated with public speaking by preparing and delivering demonstration, informative and persuasive speeches.

Honors/Awards

HONORS & AWARDS

�       Arizona State University Graduate Fellowship  Prospectus completion award (Fall 2017)

�       Transformation Project at Arizona State University Travel Grant (Fall 2017)

�       Transformation Project at Arizona State University Travel Grant (Summer 2017)

�       Wayne State Summer Seminar Constructing Resilience in Career with Guest Scholar Patrice Buzzanell  Competitively

selected as one of 17 doctoral students to be funded and attend (Summer 2017)

  • Arizona State University Graduate Fellowship  Comprehensive exams completion award (Spring 2017)
  • Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University Summer Research Grant (Summer 2017)
  • Transformation Project at Arizona State University Travel Grant (Summer 2015)
  • Arizona State University Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant (Spring 2014)

�       Arizona State University Graduate College Deans Fellowship (Fall 2011)

�       Higley Unified School District/Williams Field High School Teacher of the Year Nominee (2010-2011)

�       Graduation Honors: Cum Laude (June 2008)

�       University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Spring 2008 Commencement Speaker

 

Professional Associations

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Western States Communication Association (WSCA)
  • International Association for Communication & Sport (IACS)
  • Transformation Project  Arizona State University
  • Arizona Education Association