Renee Houston


Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Civic Scholarship and Professor of Communication Studies

The Florida State University, Ph.D. 1996, MA 1993, Communication Theory and Research, (Emphasis: Organizational Communication, Cognate:  International Development Education).

University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, 1991, Majors in Communication and Religious Studies

Professor Houston studies organizing to address inequities centered on issues of gender, social class and race in order to promote social change and allow for diverse perspectives and voices to be heard.

Summary Research Interests

  • Organizational communication                            
  • Social identity inequities in policy and practice
  • Engaged scholarship                                                                     
  • Social effects of technology
  • Feminist scholarship
  • Systems theory in organizations
  • Work-life balance and choice

University of Puget Sound Courses


  • First-year Seminars: Doing Gender (SSI I &II 118)
  • Social Science: Introduction to Organizational Communication (COM 160)
  • Connections: Surveillance Society: Control, Resistance, and (Digital) Revolution (HUM 320)

Communication Studies Department

  • Communication Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative) (COM 330, 331)
  • Organizational Communication Theory (COM 308)
  • Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication: Difference and Ethics (COM 360)
  • Organizations, Systems and Environmental Practice (COM 368)
  • Communication, Technology and Organization (COM 460)
  • Advanced Organizational Communication (COM 461)