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Patrice Buzzanell

Patrice Buzzanell

Professor // Communication
Emeriti Faculty

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Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A., Ohio University
B.S., Towson University, Summa Cum Laude

Dr. Patrice M. Buzzanell (PhD., Purdue University) is a Distinguished Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. In 2015, she assumed the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence and holds the position of Director of the Butler Center.


Buzzanell's research focuses on the intersections of career, leadership, gender, and resilience. Specifically, she investigates the everyday negotiations, policies, and structures that produce--and are produced by--the intersections. She is the editor of three books--Distinctive qualities in communication research (2010 with Donal Carbaugh), Gender In Applied Communication Contexts (2004 with Helen Sterk and Lynn Turner), and Rethinking organizational and managerial communication from feminist perspectives (2000)--and author of more than 160 articles and chapters in communication and interdisciplinary outlets. Her published work is in journals such as Human Relations, Communication Monographs, and Human Communication Research as well as in handbooks on organizational, professional, family, conflict, ethics, and gender communication. She also published in encyclopedias and in the proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education, Frontiers in Education, among other outlets.


Buzzanell worked on ADVANCE-Purdue initiatives for institutional change and as a faculty team advisor for several engineering design teams in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. She also serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue. Current funded collaborations include development and validation of individual engineering ethical development and team ethical climate scales as well as everyday negotiations of ethics in design through National Science Foundation (NSF) funding as Co-PI.

Buzzanell served as the president of the International Communication Association (ICA), Council of Communication Associations (CCA), and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG). She was named ICA Fellow in 2011 and Distinguished Scholar for the National Communication Association (NCA) in 2016. In 2010, she was honored to deliver the NCA Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture, Seduction and Sustainability: The Politics of Feminist Communication and Career Scholarship, documenting the need for change in institutions of higher education and posing possibilities for greater inclusion.

She served on the Research Board and Doctoral Education Committee of the the National Communication Association (NCA). She currently is serving on NCA’s Publication Board.​ She served as editor of Management Communication Quarterly and associate editor for and editorial board member of 16 journals and handbooks. She has delivered keynote addresses and workshops as distinguished visiting scholar across the United States and around the globe.

Awards and Honors

At Purdue, Buzzanell received awards for her discovery, learning, and engagement. Among these, she received the 2014 Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, the Violet Haas Award, the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion, and the W. Charles and Ann Redding Faculty Fellowship. Buzzanell has been honored nationally and internationally with the 2014 Velux Faculty Research Fellowship from Copenhagen Business School, the NCA's Francine Merritt Award, the ICA's Fredric M. Jablin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Organizational Communication, the ICA's Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship, and OSCLG's Teacher-Mentor Award. She has served as Scholar-in-Residence and faculty scholar for the NCA Institute for Faculty Development and as keynote speaker and faculty scholar/coordinator for the NCA Doctoral Honors Conference, held at Purdue in 2006. She was awarded the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award from ICA in 2016.


Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Families in HHS and in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion (CRDI) in CLA. Also Endowed Visiting Professor, School of Media & Design at Shanghai Jiaotong University (客座特聘教授 | 媒体与设计学院 | 上海交通大学 )

Representative Articles and Chapters

    • Buzzanell, P. M., & Long, Z. (forthcoming). Expertise, learning, and action: Expertise construction within engineering space. In J. Treem & P. Leonardi (Eds.),
Communication and expertise: Constituting organizational experts in the Information Age
    • . Oxford, UK: Oxford University PressBuzzanell, P. M., Long, Z., Kokini, K., Anderson, L., & Batra, J. (2015). Mentoring in academe:A feminist poststructural lens on stories of women engineering faculty of color.
Management Communication Quarterly, 29
    • , 440-457. DOI: 10.1177/0893318915574311Berkelaar, B., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2015). Bait and switch or double-edged sword? The (sometimes) failed promises of calling.
Human Relations, 68,
    • 157-178
    • DOI: 10.1177/0018726714526265Buzzanell, P. M., & D’Enbeau, S. (2014). Intimate, ambivalent, and erotic mentoring: Popular culture and mentor-mentee relational processes in
Mad Men.Human Relations, 67,
    • 695-714. DOI: 10.1177/0018726713503023Long, Z., Buzzanell, P.M., Anderson, L., Batra, J., Kokini, K., & Wilson, R. (2014). Episodic, network and intersectional perspectives: Taking a communicative stance on mentoring in the workplace. In E. Cohen (Ed.),
Communication Yearbook 38
    • (pp. 387-422). New York, NY: Routledge.Wu, M., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2013). Liminalities at work: Chinese professionals’ immigrant identity negotiations.
China Media Research, 9
    • (4), 15-26.Fyke, J., & Buzzanell, P. M. (2013). The ethics of conscious capitalism: Wicked problems in leading change and changing leaders.
Human Relations, 66
    • , 1619-1643
    • DOI:10.1177/0018726713485306Buzzanell, P. M., & D’Enbeau, S. (2013). Explicating creativity and design: The nature and meaningfulness of work in
Mad Men. Western Journal of Communication, 77,
    • 54-71
    • DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2012.742558Buzzanell, P. M. (2011). Feminist discursive ethics. In G. Cheney, S. May, & D.
Munshi (Eds.), Handbook of communication ethics (pp. 64-83) New York: Routledge.
    • Buzzanell, P. M., Berkelaar, B., & Kisselburgh, L. (2011). From the mouths of babes: Exploring families’ career socialization of young children in China, Lebanon, Belgium, and the United States.
Journal of Family Communication
    • ,
    • , 148-164. DOI: 10.1080/15267431.2011.554494Buzzanell, P. M. (2010). Presidential Address--Resilience: Talking, resisting, and imagining new normalcies into being.
Journal of Communication
    • ,
    • , 1-14. DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-2466.2009.01469.xBuzzanell, P. M., & Liu, M. (2005). Struggling with maternity leave policies and practices: A poststructuralist feminist analysis of gendered organizing.
Journal of Applied Communication Research, 33
    • , 1-25. DOI: 10.1080/ 0090988042000318495
(Outstanding Article Award, Applied Communication Division of NCA, 2006; Outstanding Article Award, OSCLG, 2006).
    • Buzzanell, P. M. (1995). Reframing the glass ceiling as a socially constructed process: Implications for understanding and change.
Communication Monographs, 62
    • , 327-354. DOI: 10.1080/03637759509376366Buzzanell, P. M. (1994). Gaining a voice: Feminist organizational communication theorizing.
Management Communication Quarterly
    • ,
    • , 339-383.
    • DOI: 10.1177/0893318994007004001 (
    • : Putnam, L. L., & Krone, K. J. (Eds.). (2006).
Organizational communication, Five-volume set.
    • London: Sage.)Buzzanell, P. M., & Goldzwig, S. (1991). Linear and nonlinear career models: Metaphors, paradigms, and ideologies.
Management Communication Quarterly
    • ,
    • , 466-505. DOI: 10.1177/0893318991004004004