Welcome New Communication Faculty

This fall the Department of Communication welcomes three new full time faculty.



marko headshot cropped Marko Dragojevic received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He studies language and interpersonal/intergroup communication. In particular, his research examines the effects of linguistic style (e.g., accent, dialect, politeness) on speaker evaluations and other communication outcomes, as well as the cognitive and affective processes underlying those effects. His recent publications have appeared in Human Communication Research, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Health Communication, and Communication Research. Dr. Dragovevic is teaching courses on persuasion and communication and language this spring.


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Andrew Pilny received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His main areas of research are a blend between organizational/small group communication and network/computational social science. He develops and tests theories to understand, predict and further advance organizing systems. He is also interested in communication and behavior in virtual worlds including experimental gaming designs. He uses many different research methods, but specializes in social network analysis. Dr. Pliny is teaching communication theory and organizational communication courses this spring.

Scarduzio headshot croppedJennifer Scarduzio received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She joined the department as an assistant professor of organizational communication this fall. Her research examines the intersections of bureaucracy, emotion, violence, and wellness in a variety of organizational and health settings. Her most current research projects look at topics such as gender, race, class, and wellness in bureaucratic organizations and online violent victimization, such as cybersexual harassment. She is the co-author of the textbook Surviving Work: Toxic Organizational Communication published by Kendall Hunt in May 2014. Also, she has published in various outlets including Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, the Handbook of Health Communication, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, among others. Dr. Scarduzio is teaching workplace communication and advanced topics in organizational communication courses this spring.