Jennifer Waldeck, PhD is associate professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University, where she is director of the Graduate Teaching Associate and Basic Communication Curriculum programs. She specializes in instructional and organizational communication research. Her work has appeared in such journals as Communication Monographs; Communication Education; The Journal of Applied Communication Research; Communication Research Reports; Learning, Media, and Technology; Journal of Education for Business; and The Journal of Business Communication. At Chapman, she is the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Ambassador for the School of Communication.
Waldeck is the author or co-author of several books, including Communication Competence: Goals and Contexts (Bridgepoint Publishing), and coauthor of Business and Professional Communication in a Digital Age (with Patricia Kearney and Timothy G. Plax/Cengage), Strategic Communication at Work: Contemporary Perspectives on Business Communication (with Patricia Kearney and Timothy G. Plax/Kendall Hunt), and Public Speaking in a Diverse Society (with Patricia Kearney and Timothy G. Plax/Kendall Hunt). She co-edited Consulting that Matters: A Handbook for Scholars and Practitioners (Peter Lang) with David R. Seibold. Her newest book, Strategic Communication for Organizations (with Sara LaBelle) will be published by University of California Press in 2018.
Waldeck has contributed to several edited volumes including Communication Yearbook, New Directions in Group Communication, Handbook of Life Span Communication, Handbook of Communication and Instruction, and Handbook of Communication Science. Waldeck contributed invited chapters to interdisciplinary edited volumes in sociology on the role of human communication in social problems, and in business on strategic managerial communication. She regularly presents her research at regional, national, and international conferences and has earned "Top Three" Paper designations at the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and Eastern Communication Association.
Waldeck is on the Teaching Professor Conference advisory board and served as the 2017 (St. Louis) Conference Chair. She regularly contributes blogs and newsletter columns for the Teaching Professor publications, including Faculty Focus and The Teaching Professor newsletter. In recent years, she has served on the National Communication Association (NCA) Educational Policies Board and the NCA Presidential Task Force on Strengthening the Basic Communication Curriculum. She is past chair of the Instructional Development Division of NCA. She has been program planner and served in leadership positions for both NCA and the Eastern Communication Association. She is on the editorial boards of Communication Education, Communication Teacher, Communication Reports, and Communication Studies. She is on the Advisory Board for Communication Currents, an online publication of the National Communication Association.
Waldeck has served as training and curriculum design consultant to numerous organizations from small entrepreneurial start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies. On campus, she has served as chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, and member of the Faculty Senate Executive Board.