Department: Human Communications Studies
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Degree Area: Organizational Communication
Degree Univ: University of Washington
Teaching Area: Organizational communication, qualitative methods, training and development, group communication.
Research Area: Cultural and ethnographic studies of organizational communication.
Gary Ruud, Ph.D., received his doctorate from the University of Washington and is currently an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Human Communication Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Professor Ruud specializes in organizational communication and has taught a variety of courses including Training and Development, Organizational Communication (graduate and undergraduate), Group Communication (graduate and undergraduate), Interviewing, Intercultural Communication, Communication Theory, and Research Methods. In addition to his experience as a university faculty member, Professor Ruud has consulted with or conducted training seminars for companies such as Acurex, Dalmo Victor, Logistix, Memorex, NDS Americas, Inc., Regis McKenna & Associates, McNeil Corporation, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Hyundai America, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. His seminars have addressed such topics as Conflict Management, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Motivation and Retention, Negotiation, Presentation Skills, and Team Building. His research projects include studies of the San Jose Symphony and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California. Publications and conference papers have addressed the relationship between hospital discourse and management power, the discursive practices of environmentalists and loggers, the symbolic construction of organizational identities and community, and the dialectical tensions embedded in physician and patient communication.