Deborah Dunn

DD Deane

Professor of Communication Studies
Phone: (805) 565-6780
Office Location: Deane Hall 101

Office Hours
Monday 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
and by appointment

Organizational Communication
Conflict & Reconciliation

Professor Dunn has taught at Westmont since 1997, and was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2008. She has led six summer programs on conflict, reconciling memory, and pilgrimage - to Northern Ireland, South Africa, Germany, and Israel/Palestine/Jordan. She is leading another summer abroad program in 2016 - Belfast to Santiago: Reconciling Memory & the Way of Peace.

Professor Dunn Teaches:

  • Conflict & Reconciliation
  • Organizational Communication
  • Persuasion & Propaganda
  • Postmodern Narratives (Seminar)
  • Mass Communication
  • Group Communication & Leadership
  • Communication & Gender (Seminar)
  • Public Speaking


  • Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California (Annenberg School)
  • M.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California (Communication Arts & Sciences)
  • B.A. in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University (emphasis on social movements and management communication)

Research Interests:

  • Grass Roots Peacemaking Organizations
  • Sectarianism in the Workplace -- esp. in Northern Ireland
  • Identity Work (and Virtuous Selves) in Non Profit Organizations
  • Accounts, forgiveness, and influence processes

Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • Dunn, D. (2014). Bearing witness: Seeing as a form of service. Liberal Education, 100(2), 36-41.
  • Seiter, J. S., & Dunn, D. (2010). Start Making Sense! Introducing Students to Karl Weick’s Principles of Organizational Communication. Communication Teacher, 24 (2), 9-13.
  • Dunn, D. (2009). Karl Weick’s theory of organizing. In Littlejohn, S. W., & Foss, S. K. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Communication Theory. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Dunn, D. (2009). Accounts and account giving. In Littlejohn, S., W., & Foss, S. K. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Communication Theory . Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Dunn, D. (2007, November). “Good work in a sectarian society: Articulating experience and virtue.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Cody, M. J., & Dunn, D. (2006). Accounts. In Whaley, B., & Samter, W. (Eds.) Explaining communication: Contemporary theories and exemplars, 44-127. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Dunn, D. (2002, November). "Making peace: A comparative study of organizations in Northern Ireland." Paper presented at National Communication Association Pre-Conference: Communication in Action: The Communicative Constitution of Organization And its Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Seiter, J. S., & Dunn, D. (2001). Beauty and believability in sexual harassment cases: Does physical attractiveness affect perceptions of veracity and the likelihood of being harassed? Communication Research Reports, 17(2), 203-209.
  • Dunn, D., & Cody, M. J. (2000). Account credibility and public image: Excuses, justifications, denials, and sexual harassment. Communication Monographs, 67(4), 372-391.
  • Cody, M. J., Dunn, D., Hoppin, S., & Wendt, P. (1999). Silver surfers: Training and evaluating Internet use among older adult learners. Communication Education, 48, 269-286.

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