University of Delaware
238 Pearson Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Beth Bonniwell Haslett (Ph.D., University of
Minnesota) is a professor in the Department of Communication, and holds
joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies.
She is active in the communication discipline’s major organizations and
a member of the editorial board of Communication Studies.
Her research and teaching interests focus on
cross cultural communication and organizational communication. More
specifically, she is very interested in Face, broadly defined as
treating others with dignity and respect, and receiving this same
treatment in return. As such, Face is important for establishing and
maintaining effective social relationships with others. Strategies for
honoring Face vary across cultures, although the importance of Face in
interaction appears to be universal.
Her interest in
organizations focuses on how communication varies as a function of
organizational contexts, varying from NGOs (non-governmental
organizations) to multinational organizations to governments. She is
particularly interested in computer mediated communication in virtual
organizations, and in the differences between face-to-face communication
and computer mediated communication in organizations.
Communicating and organizing in context: The theory of structurational interaction
combines her interests in cross cultural and organizational
communication. This book reflects a new approach to analyzing
communicative processes—structural interaction—and analyzes issues such
as identity and identification in organizations, social presence, the
impact of computer mediated communication on organizations and across
cultures, processes of globalization, and leadership.
Courses that she
teaches include public speaking, gender and communication, cross
cultural communication, conflict, and organizational communication. In
addition to providing students with current research findings in a given
area, she also encourages students to develop critical and analytic
thinking skills in her courses. Another goal is in having students apply
this knowledge to their own lives and future careers. Hopefully, such
knowledge benefits students in their personal and professional lives.
COMM204: Gender and Communication
COMM 417: Communication and Conflict Management
421: Intercultural Communication
COMM 455: Symbolism in Organizations
COMM 456: Communication in Organizations
485: Analysis of Face-to-Face Communication
COMM 610: Organizational Communication Theory
Haslett, B. (in press). The Minnesota years. In W. Leeds- Hurwitz (Ed.), The social history of language and social interaction research: People, places, ideas. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Haslett, B. Communicating and organizing in context: The theory
of structurational interaction, forthcoming, Spring, 2011,
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