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Rentsch Joins Comm Studies Faculty

RentschJoan R. Rentsch recently joined CCI’s School of Communication Studies as a professor of communication and director of the Organizational Research Laboratory. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University.   Rentsch is an internationally known scholar who studies psychological processes in organizations focusing on communication and cognition in teams and organizations and on the measurement of cognition.  (See the following CNBC interview link for an example of her work

Her published research appears in Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Academy of Management Journal, and Organizational Research Methods.  She is on the editorial boards of Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Review.  Funding for Rentsch’s research has been provided by the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  She has also served on Senior Advisory Panels for the Army Research Institute to advise the Leadership Development Research Unit regarding its research program on Leading Multinational Teams and to advise the Organizational Performance Unit. 

 “Joan is a dynamic addition to our faculty,” said John Haas, director of the School of Communication Studies.  “Her expertise will enrich our program and offer students an exemplary research and knowledge base model.” 

Recognized as a Quest Scholar in 2009 for her naval research on decision making in virtual teams, Rentsch said, “Working with Dr. Haas and CCI’s team is a great fit for me and the type of research I do.  I am very excited about the future opportunities available to me as a communication studies faculty member.”