Dr. Samantha Rae Powers is a generalist in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication, teaching courses across the department’s three major areas of study. Samantha earned her B.S. in public relations at University of Florida, while gaining work experience in media relations, event planning and coordinating, and hospitality management. She also earned her M.A. and J.D. at University of Florida, including coursework in strategic public relations, media law, employment law, negotiation, and mediation. Prior to earning her Ph.D. specializing in organizational communication at University of California, Santa Barbara, Samantha worked for seven years as a Florida attorney, primarily practicing employment law and consumer financial services litigation, and a Florida Supreme Court-certified County Mediator.
Samantha is an interdisciplinary scholar, with her research drawing upon scholarship in the disciplines of organizational, health, and interpersonal communication, as well as organizational psychology and management. Her research examines communicative phenomena in professional institutions and occupations related to stress and well-being, work-related emotion, vocational and organizational socialization, and workplace discrimination. She is also interested in conflict transformation and gender differences in negotiation.
Myers, K. K., & Powers, S. R. (2017). Mixed methods. In C. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication (Vol. III) (pp. 1625-1635). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Powers, S. R., & Myers, K. K. (2016). Millennials in the workplace: Research findings and managerial implications. In M. Sharabi (Ed.), Generational differences in work values and ethics: An international perspective (pp. 163-182). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
Putnam, L. L., & Powers, S. R. (2016). Contradictions and dialectics as keys to conflict transformation. In P. M. Kellett & T. G. Matyok (Eds.), Transforming conflict through communication in personal, family, and working relationships (pp. 3-22). Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.
Powers, S. R., & Myers, K. K. (2016). Vocational Anticipatory Socialization: College students’ reports of encouraging/discouraging sources and messages. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0894845316660627
Putnam, L. L., & Powers, S. R. (2015). Developing negotiation competencies. In A. F. Hannawa & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds.), Communication competence (Vol. 22) (pp. 367-395). Berlin/Boston: Mouton de Gruyter.