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Daniel Modaff

Associate Professor
Communication Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Organizational Communication

Current courses at UWL

Spring 2022

CST 350: Organizational Communication
CST 452: Contemporary Perspectives in Organizational Communication
CST 498: Research Methods in Communication

 

Education

PhD (1995) The University of Texas at Austin

MA (1991) Northern Illinois University

BS (1989) Northern Illinois University

Career

Teaching history

UW-L Courses Taught:

CST 110: Communicating Effectively
CST 260: Professional Communication
CST 350: Organizational Communication
CST 452: Contemporary Issues in Organizational Communication
CST 491: Leadership & Communication: Lessons from the Lakota
CST 498: Communication Research Methods
CST 499: Senior Project in CST

Professional history

Ohio University (1995-2009; Associate Professor) Courses Taught:

Introduction to Organizational Communication
Advanced Presentations
Practicum in Organizational Communication Organizational Culture (graduate)
Techniques of Small Group Discussion
Communication in Organizations (graduate)
Interviewing
Conversation Analysis (graduate)
Performance, Self, and Identity
Introduction to Graduate Study
Advanced Organizational Communication
Lessons from the Lakota
Lakota Traditions & Modern Problems
Service & the Academy (graduate)

Western Kentucky University (2009-2010; Associate Professor & Department Head) Courses Taught:

Organizational Communication
Applied Organizational Communication (graduate)

Research and publishing

Ploeger-Lyons, N., Butler, J.A., & Modaff, D.P. (in press). The role of hierarchy and relational closeness in confrontations about idea stealing. Ohio Communication Journal.

Modaff, D. P., & Butler, J. A. (2021). Organizational communication: Foundations, challenges, and misunderstandings (5th ed.). Cognella.

Modaff, D. P. (2019). Mitakuye oyasin (we are all related): Connecting communication and culture of the Lakota. Great Plains Quarterly, 39(4), 341-362.

Butler, J. A., Rogers, L. A., & Modaff, D. P. (2019). Communicative challenges in the parent-reacher relationship regarding students with special needs. Communication & Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 43, article 3.

Schroeder, S., & Modaff, D. P. (2018). Exploring employee engagement through communication. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 19(2), 35-43. doi: 10.1080/17459435.2018.1468807

Modaff, D.P. (2016). Just-in-time: Organizing the Lakota Sun Dance. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 5(1), 13-27.

Modaff, D.P., Butler, J.A., & DeWine, S. (2017). Organizational communication: Foundations, challenges, and misunderstandings (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Butler, J.A., & Modaff, D.P. (2016). Motivations to disclose chronic illness in the workplace. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 17(1), 77-84. doi: 10.1080/17459435.2016.1143387

Butler, J.A., & Modaff, D.P. (2015). The personal SWOT: An opportunity for student reflection, growth, and planning. Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, 45, 85-93.

Modaff, D.P. (2014). Leadership trails: Lessons from the Lakota Sun Dance. Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 7, article 3.

Butler, J.A., & Modaff, D.P. (2013). The communicative management of emotional display expectations by in-home daycare providers. Qualitative Communication Research, 1, 461-490.

Butler, J.A., & Modaff, D.P. (2012, summer). Constructing space and time for work and family: A structuration perspective on bed and breakfasts. Communication & Theater Association of Minnesota Journal, 39, 105-121.

Modaff, D.P., Butler, J.A., & DeWine, S. (2012). Organizational communication: Foundations, challenges, and misunderstandings (3rd ed.). AB/Longman.

Butler, J.A., & Modaff, D.P. (2008). When work is home: Agency, structure, and contradictions. Management Communication Quarterly, 22(2), 232-257.

Modaff, D.P., DeWine, S., & Butler, J.A. (2008). Organizational communication: Foundations, challenges, and misunderstandings (2nd ed.). AB/Longman.

Modaff, D.P. (2004). Native virtues: Applying traditional Sioux philosophy to the contemporary basic communication course. Basic Communication Course Annual, 16, 261-278.

Modaff, D.P. (2003). Body movement during the transition to task in the medical interview. In P. Glenn, C. LeBaron, & J. Mandelbaum (Eds.), Studies in Language and Social Interaction: In honor of Robert Hopper (pp. 411-422). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Modaff, D.P., & Medved, C.E. (2002). Illustrating the complexities of supervisor-subordinate communication. Communication Teacher, 17(1), 8-10.

Modaff, D.P., & DeWine, S. (2002). Organizational communication: Foundations, challenges, and misunderstandings. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Co.

Modaff, J.V., & Modaff, D.P. (2000). Technical notes on audio recording. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 33(1), 101-118.

Modaff, J.V., Modaff, D.P., & Modaff, L.M. (1999). Enhancement of speech evaluation through digitization. Iowa Journal of Communication, 31(2), 41-48.

Modaff, D.P. (1998). The World War II interview. L.W. Hugenberg and B.S. Hugenberg (Eds.), Teaching ideas for the basic communication course (pp. 145-156). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Modaff, D.P. (1997). Life and the speech communication major. Speech Communication Teacher, 11(3), 14-16.

Modaff, D.P. (1995). Understanding the jamming experience through metaphor. Journal of Illinois Speech and Theatre Association, 46, 53-62.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Modaff, D.P. (2003). A River Ran Through It: Athens and the 1968 Flood. Conceived, wrote, produced, and narrated a radio feature broadcast on WOUB (1340 AM) December 24th.

Modaff, D.P. (2003). We were an occupied campus: Ohio University in May 1970. Conceived, wrote, produced, and narrated a radio feature broadcast on WOUB (1340 AM) May 19th, and in two parts on May 16th and 19th on WOUB (91.3 FM).

Modaff, K., Modaff, D.P., Modaff, J.V., & Modaff, L.M. (2003). CommuniCoach. Speech and communication evaluation software. Isoprime Corporation.

Modaff, D.P. (1997). Stories of World War II Veterans. Conceived, wrote, produced, and narrated a two-part radio feature broadcast December 4th and 5th on WOUB (91.3 FM).

Kudos

published

Daniel Modaff and Jennifer Butler Modaff, both Communication Studies, co-authored the textbook "Organizational Communication: Foundations, Challenges, and Misunderstandings. " and was accepted for publication by Cognella. This is the 5th edition of the textbook and will be available in 2022. 

Submitted on: Sept. 10, 2021

 

published

Daniel Modaff, Communication Studies, authored the article "Mitakuye Oyasin (We Are All Related): Connecting Communication and Culture of the Lakota" in "Great Plains Quarterly" published on Nov. 5, 2019 by University of Nebraska Press.

Submitted on: Nov. 6, 2019

 

published

Jennifer Butler Modaff and Daniel Modaff, both Communication Studies; and Leslie Rogers, Educational Studies; co-authored the article "Communication challenges in the parent-teacher relationship regarding students with special needs. " in "Communication & Theater Association of Minnesota Journal" published on Aug. 26 by CTAM.

Submitted on: Oct. 1, 2019

 

published

Daniel Modaff and Shelby Schroeder co-authored the chapter "Exploring Employee Engagement Through Communication" in "Qualitative Research Reports in Communication" published on Sept. 26, 2018 by QRRC. This publication emerged from Shelby's CST 499 Senior Project independent research, and is the first senior project to be published in a Communication discipline journal.

Submitted on: Sept. 27, 2018