Sarah Jane Blithe
Department of Communication Studies
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Blithe's research interests include difference, balance, and organizational communication in classroom and corporate contexts.
For her dissertation, "Investigating the Glass Handcuff: Gendered Discourses, Occupational Identities, and the Leave-Taking Practices of Men in Technical Occupations," Dr. Blithe used feminist standpoint theory and methods to study why U.S. men do not typically take leaves of absence and discuss some implications of this practice of abstaining from leave. Her findings, appearing in both academic journals and corporate publications, will ensure a wide audience for her recommendations for policy inequity reform.
As part of the university community, Dr. Blithe will continue her scholarship in difference and inequity in the workplace. Currently she serves as a research consultant for a multi-corporation investigation into how organizations become learning organizations and the hidden biases that potentially accompany such endeavors.
Dr. Blithe brings her experiences with the corporate world into her classroom in the form of hands-on examples and case studies that bring organizational and communicative theories to life for her students.
Read more about Sarah Blithe at http://www.unr.edu/cla/commstudies/faculty.html.