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Dawna Ballard

Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies





CMA 7.140B

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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. Recently she has studied the historical and contemporary problems with “work-life balance” discourse, time in navigating professional football careers, the time-sensitive coordination of multidisciplinary children’s advocacy teams, managing the challenges of information overload and 24/7 multitasking cultures, as well as decision tradeoffs between convenience and security in identity management.

Dr. Ballard has published an edited book, Work Pressures, as well as 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 VoicesFellow, 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 in 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 organizational communication, communication in groups, teams and communities, scale development, and chronemics.