Dr. Erika Kirby
Erika L. Kirby is Professor of Communication Studies; she has been at Creighton since 1998. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in organizational communication, and she studies the everyday intersections of working and personal life, emphasizing how differing social identities (especially gender and being a post-traditional student) assimilate into and collide with organizational structures. She teaches organizational communication courses and courses related to communication and social justice. She co-edited Gender Actualized: Cases in Communicatively Constructing Realities with Dr. Chad McBride and has published in numerous outlets in her discipline, including two recent book chapters in the Handbook of Conflict Communication and the Handbook of Organizational Communication. At Creighton, she was the Department Chair from 2005-2008 and the President of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate from 2011-2013. She is the Faculty Liaison for Adult Education for the College of Professional Studies (CPS) and an Adult learning Fellow in the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI). She is Past-President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender and the outgoing Book Review Editor for Women and Language. She has served as an officer at the regional (through the Central States Communication Association) and national levels (through the National Communication Association) and has been on several Editorial Boards for journals. She is the founding Secretary of the organization Academics at Jesuit Universities and Schools. She lives in Omaha with Bob, her spouse of 20+ years, their two daughters, Meredith and Samantha, and their three cats, Dougie, Darcy, and Deena.