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E. A. Paskewitz-Bio

Dr. Emily A. Paskewitz is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Studies. She started at the University of Tennessee in fall of 2015 after completing her Ph.D. at North Dakota State University in group and organizational communication.


Her research focuses on relational issues in groups and organizations, specifically how groups handle conflict among members, the role of emotions in groups and organizations, and how group and organizational members build relationships. Most of her work looks at groups and organizations in natural contexts, such as family farms and online depression support groups. She is also interested in situations where task and relational goals are equally important and the challenges with balancing those goals. Her work has been published in Small Group Research, Journal of Family Communication, and Computers and Human Behavior.

Dr. Paskewitz teaches group communication, introduction to communication studies, and research methods. In teaching, she focuses on helping students apply theoretical knowledge to real world situations.


  • Ph.D., North Dakota State University, Organizational Communication
  • M.A., University of Northern Iowa, Communication Education
  • B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota, Organizational Communication and Spanish

Main Interests:

  • Group Communication
  • Organizational Communication

Courses Taught:

  • CMST 201: Intro. to Communication Studies
  • CMST 356: Research Methods/Communication Studies
  • CMST 354: Research Methods/Communication Lab
  • CMST 444: Group Communication

Professional Memberships:

  • National Communication Association
  • Central States Communication Association
  • International Communication Association
  • Southern States Communication Association
  • Interdisciplinary Network of Group Researchers