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Communication Faculty

Edwards-Based Communication Faculty & Staff

Angie Pastorek

Director & Faculty

Ph.D. University of Texas
Edwards Campus, Regnier 370K

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Angie Pastorek (Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin)

is Program Director for the online graduate program in organizational communication in the School of Professional Studies at the KU Edwards campus. Dr. Pastorek’s teaching and research interests center around workplace culture & inclusion, organizational change, workplace socialization practices, and career transitions.


She teaches a wide range of graduate courses in organizational communication, including communicating organizational change, interpersonal and persuasive skills for the workplace, onboarding and socialization practices, strategies for workplace equity and inclusion, communication ethics at work, and career management.

Prior to joining the KU faculty in 2015, Dr. Pastorek worked for a range of global companies in the health care, business consulting and retail industries, including Siemens Healthcare and Deloitte. She enjoys helping mid-career working professionals broaden their understanding of the many ways workplace communication practices shape different lived experiences within organizations and to develop the higher-level communication insights that fuel long-term career success during turbulent times.

In addition to teaching, Angie regularly delivers training workshops for a variety of business, government, nonprofit and professional associations across the Kansas City region - on topics ranging from preparing for career transition, to building inclusive workplace cultures and developing managerial communication skills. Clients include (but are not limited to) UMB, Fort Leavenworth Hiring Our Heroes program, the Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation (PrepKC), and the KC chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

To learn more about the online graduate programs in organizational communication at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, which includes a four-course graduate certificate and master’s degree, click here.

Please click here to view Dr. Pastorek’s CV/resume.


Teri ThompsonTeri Thompson

Ph.D. University of Kansas


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is a faculty member for the online graduate programs in organizational communication in the School of Professional Studies at the KU Edwards campus. Dr. Thompson’s teaching and research interests include organizational communication strategy, health communication, workplace power dynamics, diversity and dialogue, research methods (study design, research ethics, surveys, interviews and focus groups), gender and communication, and communication theory.

Prior to moving to the Kansas City area, Teri worked for 35 years as faculty at the University of Dayton. She also worked in training and development for the American Center for Management Development and the University of Delaware. In addition to teaching at KU, she currently edits the top-ranked international research journal, Health Communication.

Liz Barton 

Academic Advisor, Edwards Campus - Communication Studies

Edwards Campus



Angela Gist-Mackey

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Missouri
116E Bailey

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Angela N. Gist-Mackey (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas with an expertise in organizational communication. After her career in the advertising industry where she served as a Senior Account Executive managing campaigns for regional, national, and global consumer and business-to-business brands, she decided to pursue a doctorate in communication. Dr. Gist-Mackey is an interpretive critical scholar who largely researches issues of social mobility and power related to organizational contexts. Her program of research frequently combines three areas of interest: social class, social identity, and organizational culture. Her most recent research analyzed the experiences of the unemployed across social class groups (working and upper/middle class) while they managed joblessness through organizational memberships. She also examines the identity work and negotiation of individuals’ experiences as they cope with stigma. Dr. Gist-Mackey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational communication, interviewing, organizational culture, identity, and qualitative methods.  Please click here to view Angela's full CV.

Tracy Russo

Emeritus Professor
Ph.D. University of Kansas
104A Bailey Hall

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Tracy Russo is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She teaches classes in organizational communication and communication theory at both Edwards and Lawrence campuses and provides business communication coaching and training for organizations. Her current research interests are communication and learning among generations and communication processes involved in attachment, trust, and feedback.  She received a Pew National Fellowship for Carnegie Scholars in 2001 to research presence in online environments and was awarded a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at KU in 2003.  

Before her academic work, Tracy worked for Knight-Ridder Financial Information for 17 years in roles ranging from assistant copy editor to Vice President Editorial and later Vice President Operations. Tracy earned a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 1995. She has an MBA from the Rockhurst University’s Executive Fellows program, an MS in TV-Radio from Syracuse University, and a BA in Radio-TV from Indiana University. Please click here to view Tracy's full CV.


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