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Jess Alberts, President's Professor, focuses on conflict in personal and professional relationships. She is particularly interested in marital disagreements, how couples divide up domestic chores, and how they conduct their daily interactions. In addition, she explores ways to reduce workplace bullying and to improve legal negotiations and community mediation practices. Because of her experiences studying (and participating in) marital conflict, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss how couples can fight and complain more effectively.
Benjamin Broome, professor, is an intercultural communication scholar whose work centers on the theory and practice of sustainable dialogue and its role in peacebuilding. His research is focused on finding ways to help groups, organizations, and communities respond to conflict through dialogue rather than violence. To do this, he and his colleagues have developed consensus-based processes that allow groups in conflict to move beyond the differences that divide them. By helping them envision a collective future, they are able to work together in realizing joint goals.
Professor Broome has facilitated dozens of workshops in North America, Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, and Australasia. Educational institutions, government agencies, professional organizations, large corporations, and Native American Tribes have sought his assistance. Much of his work over the past two decades has focused on peacebuilding efforts in Cyprus, where he was initially a U.S. Fulbright scholar and later worked with the United Nations Development Program and several diplomatic missions.
Sarah J. Tracy, professor, studies stressful workplace issues such as burnout, work-life balance, faking emotions, and workplace bullying, as well as positive types of communication such as compassion, engagement, and generosity. Through hanging out in the backstage areas of organizations and talking to employees, she has provided insight on correctional officers, cruise ship activity directors, 911-calltakers, and medical staff. She works with a vibrant group of professors, graduate students, and community members as co-director of The Transformation Project, examining new possibilities related to collaboration, health, and work-life wellness. She is author of two books (on on organizational change and another on research methods) and more than 60 published essays. Her favorite courses to teach include “Communication and The Art of Happiness,” “Emotion and Organizations," "Being a Leader" and "Advanced Qualitative Research Methods." Professor Tracy aims to develop peoples’ 'on the court' practice in their work, scholarship, and life—where they not only learn 'about' but also learn 'to be.'
Linda Lederman, professor and director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Uttaran Dutta, assistant professor at Arizona State University
Heewon Kim, assistant professor at Arizona State University
Elissa Adame, assistant research professor at Arizona State University
Heather Elaine Canary (alumna), associate professor at University of Utah
Emily Cripe (alumna), assistant professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kendra Knight (alumna), assistant professor at Christopher-Newport University
Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik (alumna), associate professor at North Dakota State University
Yvonne Montoya (alumna), assistant professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo
Sarah Riforgiate (alumna), assistant professor at Kansas State University
Kendra Rivera (alumna), associate professor at California State University San Marcos
Amy Way (alumna), assistant professor at Villanova University
Charee M. Thompson (alumna), assistant professor at Ohio University
Jennifer Scarduzio (Alumna), assistant professor at University of Kentucky
Shawna Malvini Redden (alumna), assistant professor at California State University Chico
Leslie Ramos Salazar (alumna), assistant professor at West Texas A&M University
Tim Huffman (alumnus), assistant professor at St. Louis University
Justin Boren (alumnus), associate professor at Santa Clara University
Lou Clark (alumna), assistant professor and director of Clinical Skills at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
The Transformation Project is pleased to offer its doctoral research associates competitive opportunities for conference travel funding. Below are excerpts of various projects and trainings they have been able to present and complete with the support of The Transformation Project, as well as formal initiative roles.
Jessica Kamrath (Graduate Student coordinator: 2016 - present)
Sarah Jones (Website Liaison: April 2016 - present))
In her role as Website Lisison, Sarah works alongside the Transformation Project Co-Directors and the Hugh Downs School Communications Specialist, Lynne MacDonald, to revise and maintain the Transformation Project website; this includes soliciting materials from all initiative members, researching current interactive resources and classroom materials, ensuring updated publications and functional web links, and collaborating on design.
Versha Anderson (Graduate Student Coordinator: 2014 - 2016)
Versha's research intersects intercultural and international communication, with a focus on conflict and negotiation, facilitation, dialogue, and peacebuilding. She has presented numerous papers and projects connected to her areas of expertise at the local, national, and international level and has published at both the local and national level with the support of The Transformation Project. Last year, she attended an international peace conference in the Hague, Netherlands culminating the 100 year anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, where she conducted interviews and participant observations while serving as a volunteer student coordinator for the event. For her dissertation, Versha traveled to Munich, Germany to conduct a qualitative research project studying positive intercultural interactions between German citizens and Syrian refugees.
Elizabeth Eger (Alumna), Doctoral Candidate at University of Colorado Boulder