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Gail Fann Thomas
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2756
Email: gthomas (at)
EdD - Arizona State University, 1986
MEd - Arizona State University, 1979
BS - Northern Arizona University, 1976
  • 1989 - present Associate Professor
  • 2005 - present Program Manager, Strategic Communication, NPS Center for Executive Education
  • 1995 - 2000 Associate Chair for Instruction
  • 2011 - 2012, Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication; Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King's College, University of London, England
  • 1986 - 1989 Assistant Professor, Department of General Business, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • 1985 - 1986 Faculty Associate, Department of General Business, Arizona State University
  • 1984 - 1986 Consultant, Ray Ryan and Associates, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1982 - 1984 President and joint owner, Info Center, Inc. startup and management of full-service computer organization
  • Organization and Management
  • Strategic Communication
  • High-performing Teams
  • Strategic communication
  • Inter-organizational collaboration
  • Communication related to organizational change and innovation
  • Role of language in organizations
  • Communication strategies for senior leaders
  • Outstanding Paper, Organizational Communication Division, International Communication Association, 2013.
  • Outstanding Article in the Journal of Business Communication, 2010.
  • NPS Richard W. Hamming Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005.
  • Association for Business Communication Outstanding Researcher Award, 2005.
  • Association for Business Communication Distinguished Member Award, 2004.
  • US Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, 1999.
  • Special Act Awards: August 1999, July 1999, May 2000, August 2005, September 2008.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Business Communication, 2005-present
  • Board of Directors for Association for Business Communication, 1996-2007
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Business Communication, 1994-1997, 2001-2005
  • Core Member, DASD (JC) Strategic Communication Education Group, 2008
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Riley, P., Thomas, G.F., Weintraub,R., Noyes, A., Dixon, S., and Hollihan, T. "Good Governance and Strategic Communication: A Communication Capital Approach, The Routledge Handbook of Strategic Communication, 20 pages, 2013.
  • Hocevar, S.P., Jansen, E., and Thomas, G. "Inter-organizational Collaboration: Addressing the Challenge. Homeland Security Affairs Journal, 7, pp. 1-7, 2011.
  • Thomas, G.F. and Stephens, K. "Problematizing Political Space through Discursive Analysis," Discourse Perspectives on Organizational Communication, pp. 101-130. The Farleigh Dickinson Press Series in Communication Studies, 2011.
  • Thomas, G. "The Central Role of Communication in Developing Trust and Its Effect on Employee Involvement," Journal of Business Communication, 2009.
  • Thomas, G. & K. Thomas. ""Conflict Styles of Men and Women at Six Organizational Levels," International Journal of Conflict Management, 2(14), 148-166, 2008.
  • King, C. & G. Thomas. "Reconceptualizing Electronic Mail Overload," Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 20(3), 1-36, 2007.
  • Thomas, G. "How can We Make Our Research More Relevant? Bridging the Gap Between Business Communication and Research," Journal of Business Communication, 44(2), 283-296, 2007.
  • Keywords: strategic communication, semantic network analysis, inter-organizational collaboration

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