2016–Present – Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, CA
2016–Present – Director, Communication Studies Internship Program
California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, CA
2015–2016 – Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Weber State University Ogden, UT
2012–2015 – Teaching Assistant, Department of Management, University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
2014 – Adjunct Professor, Master of Professional Communication, Westminster College Salt Lake City, UT
2012–2014 – Graduate Teaching Fellow, College of Engineering (CLEAR Program), University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
2011–2015 – Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Communication, University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah – Ph.D., Organizational Communication | 2015
Adviser: Connie Bullis, PhD
Advisory Committee: Heather Canary, PhD; Ann L. Darling, PhD; Joy Pierce, PhD; Alexandra Murphy, PhD PhD Dissertation: Communicative Constitution of the Social Organization: Issues of Identity, Conversation, and Text in the Social Media Context
De Paul University – M.A., Organizational and Multicultural Communication | 2008 Adviser: Alexandra Murphy, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago – B.A., High Distinction in Communication, English | 2002
Sofia University St. Kl. Ohridski - Bulgarian Philology, transferred to University of Illinois | 2000
Honors, Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships
- Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Institute Faculty Fellow, California State University, Long Beach, 2017
- Top Paper, Environmental Communication Division, Western States Communication Assoc. (WSCA), 2017
- Outstanding Student Teaching Award, Department of Communication, University of Utah, 2015
- Academy of Management, Organizational Communication & Information Systems division (AOM OCIS), Competitively Selected for Dissertation Consortium, 2014
- National Communication Association (NCA), Competitively Selected for Doctoral Honors Seminar, 2014
- Top Paper, Organizational Communication Division, Western States Communication Assoc. (WSCA), 2014
- Top Student Paper, Organizational Communication Division, WSCA, 2014
- Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Utah, 2011–2015
- Top-sales Representative, SPSS, Inc., 2005–2007
- Outward Bound Scholarship in Adventure Leadership, 2003
- Golden Key National Honor Society, 2001–2015
- University of Illinois at Chicago Dean's List, 2000–2002
- Veska Miskanova Award for scholarly achievements in Bulgarian Literature and Writing, 1998
Research & Teaching Interests
My interests are broadly situated in the areas of organizational communication, strategic communication, and health. Specifically, I am interested in the ways communication constitutes organization – seeing organizations as discursive, fluid entities defined by stakeholder practices and communication processes. Sub-areas of interest are: identity, socialization, identification, decision-making, and collaboration in organizations.
My teaching philosophy can be summarized as one that bridges theory and practice while providing engaging reading materials and class discussions on contemporary topics. I have extensive experience in classroom and online teaching and specialize in the following areas: organizational communication, persuasion, communication theory, health communication, conflict, negotiation, professional interviewing and presentation, and social media.
California State University, Stanislaus | 2016–Present
COMM 3110 Organizational Communication
COMM 3140 Persuasive Messages
COMM 3200 Communication Theory (Writing Proficiency Course)
COMM 4180 Health Communication
COMM/ JOUR 4940 Communication/ Journalism Internship
COMM 4180 Health Communication Independent Study
Weber State University | 2015–2016
COMM 1020 Principles of Public Speaking
COMM 2110 Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
COMM 3400 Public Relations
Westminster College | 2014
MPC 120 Organizational Communication
University of Utah | 2011–2015
COMM 1010 Elements of Speech Communication (removed from catalog since)
COMM 3170 Introduction to Organizational Communication
COMM 3330 Interviewing & Negotiation
COMM 5665 Social Media Journalism
COMM 3580 Strategic Communication Theory and Practice (TA) (renamed to Strategic Health Communication since)
COMM 3710 Introduction to Quantitative Communication Research (TA)
MGT 3680 Human Behavior in Organizations (TA)
MGT 5700 Competitive Strategy (TA) (removed from catalog since)
MGT 6050 Team Foundations (TA)
Dawson, V. R. (Accepted for publication). Fans, friends, ambassadors, and haters: Social media communities and the communicative constitution of organizational identity. Social Media + Society.
Dawson, V. R. (In-Print, 2017). Organizing, organizations and the role of social media conversations. P. Salem & E. Timmerman (Eds.) Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations 2016-2026 (tentative title). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Brunner, E. & Dawson, V. R. (2017) Marketing the sublime: Jumbo Wild and the rhetorics of humans in nature. Online First, Critical Studies in Media Communication.
Dawson, V. R. (2017). Communicative theory of the firm. C. R. Scott & L. K. Lewis (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. New York, NY: Wiley.
Dawson, V. R. (2015). "Who are we online?" Approaches to organizational identity in social media context. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 4(2), p. 3-47.
Competitively Selected Conference Presentations & Invited Presentations
Dawson, V. R. (2017, November) "Partial organizations, contributorship, and the rogue rangers of Twitter." Paper accepted to the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas.
Bruner, E. & Dawson, V. R. (2017, February) "Marketing the Sublime: Jumbo Wild and the Rhetorics of Humans in Nature." Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. Top Overall Paper
Dawson, V. R. (2016, November) "It isn't policy, it is common sense: Managing social media in organizations." Paper presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dawson, V. R. (2016, February) "The organizing role of social media professionals." Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Annual Conference, San Diego, California.
Dawson, V. R. (2016, February) "Organizing, organization, and the role of social media conversations." Presented at the Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations Decennial Conference, Austin, Texas.
Dawson, V. R. (2015, November) "Friends, ambassadors, haters: A typology of social networking communities and their role in organizational identity co-construction." Presented at the Social Media, Activism, and Organizations Symposium (#SMAO15), London, United Kingdom.
Dawson, V. R. (2015, August) "The organizing role of social media marketers." Keynote at the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dawson, V. R. (2014, November) "Making theory "practical": Teaching organizational communication to graduate students in a professional communication program." Presented during Individual Competitive Teaching Assignment with Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS) at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Dawson, V. R. (2014, November) "(Re)Interpreted boundaries and negotiated identities: A symbolic interactionist perspective toward organizational identity representation in social media." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Dawson, V. R. (2014, November) "The social organization: Challenges of social networking technology in practice." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Dawson, V. R. (2014, August) "Communicative Co-Construction of Organizational Identity in Social Media Contexts." Presented at the Academy of Management (AOM) International Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dawson, V. R. (2014, May) "The "stuff" of a good life or digital materiality in practice: The digital divide in the context of the Eastern European Roma." Presented at the International Communication Association (ICA), International Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.
Dawson, V. R. (2014, February) "Who are we online? Approaches to organizational identity in social media contexts." Presented at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Regional Annual Conference, Anaheim, California. Top Overall Paper, Top Student Paper
Dawson, V. R. (2013, November) "To Blog or Not to Blog: Textual Co-Construction of Organizational Identity." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.
Dawson, V. R. (2013, November) "A Decade of Roma Inclusion: Problems of Identity, Representation, and Voice in a Digital Policy Text." Presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.
Dawson, V. R. (2013, February) "Strategy or By-Product: The Effects of Organizational Image and Everyday Work Experience on Post-Acquisition Organizational Identification." Presented at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Regional Annual Conference, Reno, Nevada.
Dawson, V. R. (2012, October) "Textual agency of the corporate weblog as constitutive of organizational identity: A critical discourse analysis of organizational blogging about environmental activism and anti-consumerism." Presented at the Organizational Communication Mini Conference (OCMC), Norman, Oklahoma.
Dawson, V. R. (2012, October) "Intricacies of intercultural teamwork and conflict resolution." Keynote at the University of Utah International Student Center, iMentor Program, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dawson, V. R. (2012, April) "Talking about social change vampire style: How the vampire identity construct on HBO's True Blood facilitates a conversation about social change movements." Presented at the Pop Culture Association/ American Culture Association (PCA/ ACA) National Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
Non-Academic Work Experience
Intermountain Healthcare – Research Associate
Collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative community and patient data for Strategic Planning and Research, and Community Benefit.
2015 – 2016
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)/SPSS, Inc. – Account Representative
Responsible for $4M in yearly revenue for the software business intelligence product ShowCase Special emphasis on growing and maintaining client relationships
Contract negotiation, revenue forecasting and P&L responsibility
Manage internal inter-departmental client opportunity development and cross-sell
Volunteered as internal employee product trainer
2004 – 2011
Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) – Public Relations/ Marketing
National newspaper liaison for the annual AGD Fellow and Masters Awards Program
Program management, press release creation and media distribution
Margie Korshak, Inc. – Public Relations/ Marketing
Creation of press release and promotional materials for Lettuce Entertain You ®, special event concept creation and celebrity chef photo shoot manager
Related Extracurricular Activities and Community Involvement
California State University, Stanislaus, Faculty Mentor Program (FMP)
Faculty Mentor (2016-present)
Academy of Management, Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division
Submissions Reviewer (2014-present)
Western States Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division Secretary (2018-2020), Submissions Reviewer, and Panel Chair (2014-present)
National Communication Association, Organizational Communication Division
Submissions Reviewer and Panel Chair (2015-present)
University of Utah PRSSA Chapter
Assistant Faculty Advisor (2014 – 2015)
Mountaineering course in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Sea kayaking course in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Leadership education, wilderness survival, community service (2003 – 2005)
Chicago Flame - University of Illinois Student Newspaper
Staff Writer (Entertainment) (2001 – 2002)
Standard News - Nationwide, Bulgaria
Staff Writer (Culture) (1999 – 2000)
Bulgarian – fluent
Russian – reading
Spanish – reading