Dr. Donna Pawlowski
Dr. Donna Pawlowski
At present, I am an associate professor and have been at Creighton University since 1994 (Ph.D. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1995). I am also a faculty member for the Health Administration and Policy (HAP) and the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) programs and enjoy working with students from all those departments. Courses I enjoy teaching are Family Communication, Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Health Communication, Communication Theory, Organizational Communication, Gender Communication and Managerial Communication, though I have taught several other courses while at Creighton.
My research interests are primarily familial communication with an emphasis on health care and acute illness from the perspectives of the survivor, caregiver, gender differences in social support, dialectics and metaphors; instructional communication and pedagogical implications of service-learning on students and assessment of service-learning; and organizational communication with interest in work-life and how layoffs impact family structures and identity.
I recently edited a special issue of the Iowa Journal of Communication: Communication and the Family. Some of my research has been published in outlets such as the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Communication Teacher, the Journal of Business Communication and the Family Communication Sourcebook for Theory and Research. I am quite active in service-learning the Experiential Learning in Communication Division for the National Communication Association and love the Central States Communication Association. I also enjoy applied scholarship presenting workshops to various campus and community organizations, going on retreats with students and spending time with family.
I am a faculty member for the Encuentro Dominicano program connected with our ILAC Center (Institute for Latin American Concern) in Santiago and have had the wonderful opportunity to teach for the program and visit the ILAC center in the Dominican Republic. I have also been an advisor in the Ratio Studiorum program working with first-year students as a Faculty Preceptor. It is great to help socialize new students into their life at the University!
Family and friends are very important to me so in my spare time, I try to spend as much time as possible hanging out and enjoying life:)
For my teaching, research and service activities, please see my vita.