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Shawn D. Long (Ph.D., University of Kentucky; M.P.A., Tennessee State University) is Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and former Director of the Communication Graduate Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Professor of the Interdisciplinary Organizational Science Doctoral Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His teaching and research interests include organizational communication, organizational dialogue, virtual work, diversity communication, virtual- team assimilation and socialization, virtual work, health communication and interpretive methods associated with the study of organizational culture and symbolism.  His primary research methods have employed interpretative phenomenology, case study approach, and grounded theory. 

Dr. Long was co-investigator of a federal grant that investigated the influence of families, media, organizational structure and interpersonal communication on an individual’s decision to discuss and participate in the organ donation process.  Additionally, Dr. Long has studied the utility, development, and communication practices of virtual teams within a variety of organizations.   He has consulted several local, regional and national organizations on communication, culture, diversity, and structure.  Prior to arriving at UNC-Charlotte, Shawn D. Long was a Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholar and Lyman T. Johnson Doctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky. He has been recognized with several professional awards including the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Kentucky, The Multicultural Summer Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the College of Communication and Information Studies at the University of Kentucky, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant recognized by the International Communication Association, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He and his colleagues have recently been honored with the Southern States Communication Association’s Minority Recruitment and Retention Award.  He has written, presented and published several papers on issues of organizational diversity, organizational discourse, virtual teams in organizations, health communication, and organizational culture.  He has appeared as a featured guest on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins, a NPR affiliate broadcast.  His most recent research appears in Communication Monographs, Clinical Transplantation, Health Communication, Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Health Communication, Communication Teacher, Health Communication, Information and Science Technology, The Encyclopedia of Organizational/Industrial Psychology, Case Studies for Organizational Communication: Understanding Communication Processes (1, 2, and 3rd editions), and Virtual and Collaborative Teams. His book Communication, Relationships and Practices in Virtual Work is scheduled for release in the summer of 2010.  He is currently guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology Research. He is a board member on the Special Issues on Qualitative Research in the Southern Communication Journal, an ad-hoc member on the editorial board for the International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce, reviewer for The Journal of the National Medical Association, International Communication Association and the National Communication Association.  Dr. Long is currently a Divisional Officer of the National Communication Association and Coordinator of The Organizational Science Summer Institute.

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