Communication Studies

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Curriculum emphasizes ethical and philosophical relationships of the individual to society.

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SMU's award-winning debate program provides solid preparation for developing the student's voice.

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Access to outstanding hands-on experiences includes working the Republican and Democratic national conventions, consulting with boards of nonprofit organizations and participating in international travel programs.

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Students can network with executives from Dallas-area companies through SMU’s PRSSA chapter.

Owen Hanley Lynch

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Owen Lynch

Owen Hanley Lynch

Associate Professor and Director of Honors Program and SMU London Internships

Owen Lynch is interested in how the organization is (re)produced through the everyday discourse and routines of its members. His research interests are humor within organizations, qualitative methodology and theory, masculinity, and structuration theory.

Since arriving at SMU he has been engaged in converting three separate ethnographic projects into research articles and a book. Humorous Organizing: Revealing the Organization as a Social Process was published by VDM publishing in 2007. He has published articles in leading research journals, including Communication Theory, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Management Communication Quarterly, and co-authored the concluding chapter in Perspectives on Organizational Communication (Corman & Poole 2000). Lynch taught in the department of speech communication at Texas A&M from 1996 to 2000. At SMU, Lynch has won several awards for his teaching, including the 2007 “Outstanding Faculty Award” from the SMU Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Association. Lynch and his wife, Catherine, have two daughters, Caelan and Olivia.

Education

Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, Texas A&M University, 2005
M.A. in Organizational Communication, Texas A&M University
B.A. in Communication, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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