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Dawna Ballard

Dawna Ballard (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002) is an expert in chronemics—the study of time as it is bound to human communication.  She researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and longterm vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals.  One area of focus in her research centers on sustainable career practices—with topics ranging from (what is commonly called) “work-life balance” to navigating professional football careers.  A second research foci concerns issues of time in technology use—including mobile wallet adoption, multitasking, communication overload, social media use, and decision tradeoffs between convenience and security.  Her third research focus considers how our identities shape our chronemic patterns—which includes recent research on the time-sensitive coordination of multidisciplinary teams.  She has co-authored an edited book called Work Pressures (2017) and published numerous peer-reviewed articles in outlets such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Small Group Research, Human Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and KronoScope: Journal for the Study of Time.  She is a Public Voices Fellow, Texas Program in Sports and Media Fellow, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Identity as well as the Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research and commentary have been featured at mainstream news outlets such as Huffington Post, Medium, and Women’s eNews and at venues such as SXSW and Creative Mornings.  She is a member of the National Communication Association (past Chair, Group Communication Division), International Society for the Study of Time (past Council Member), International Communication Association, Information Overload Research Group, Interdisciplinary Network of Group Researchers, and is an Advisory Board Member of Take Back Your Time.  She teaches courses on chronemic literacy and is particularly interested in how applying longer time scales to social problems reveals new approaches and solutions.

Contact Information

CMA 7.140B
FAX: 512-471-3504

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