Svetlana (Yana) V. Grushina

Academic Appointments

Senior Lecturer in Speech

I study organizational communication from the perspective of communication as constitutive of the social world. Within this view, we can understand concepts such as team effectiveness or organizational sustainability and CSR as manifest primarily in and through communication rules, rituals, and practices. I have worked independently and with international research teams using qualitative and quantitative methods to better understand how communication is consequential for a range of productivity outcomes of global teams and organizational stakeholders’ quality of life. My expertise is in qualitative methods, such as interviews, observation, ethnography, and textual and discourse analysis. I have conducted field research and lived in Mozambique, Russia, the U.S., Australia, Jamaica, Brazil, and Germany.

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Beyond being a social science, the discipline of communication, and the study of speech in particular, has deep roots in the humanities. Foundational works such as Aristotle's Rhetoric and Nicomachean Ethics as well as contemporary rhetorical theory by Chaïm Perelman and Kenneth Burke, to name a few, are vital for a layered appreciation of how and why people communicate, and how could we. With that in mind, my courses introduce students to foundational rhetorical theory as well as contemporary research in communication and related fields. I draw on cross-cultural examples to bring to life theoretical concepts, and I strive to engage students with course topics in ways that are meaningful, memorable, and exciting. "Words felt alive in there" is a line from a former student's letter reminiscing about a class. I look at that line, on the wall in my office, every time before I teach.

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Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
Ph.D. Rutgers University
M.A. Kent State University