Jamie Mcdonald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Communication

James Mcdonald


Dr. McDonald received his bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from the Université de Montréal, his master’s degree in communication from the Université de Montréal, and his doctoral degree communication from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies and a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined the faculty at UTSA in 2013.

Dr. McDonald is an organizational communication scholar who specializes in issues related to identity, difference, work, and occupations. His research examines topics such as the gender identity negotiation of nursing students, the underrepresentation of women in computing and information technology work, the experiences of international faculty in U.S. academia, support for undocumented students on college campuses, researcher reflexivity in qualitative research, feminist and queer approaches to organizing, and the communicative constitution of organizations.

His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Communication Theory; the Journal of Applied Communication Research; Management Learning; Management Communication Quarterly; and Gender, Work and Organization. Dr. McDonald has also presented his research at numerous national and international academic conferences.


  • COM 3070 | Conduct of Communication Inquiry
  • COM 3083 | Language and Communication Theory
  • COM 3893 | Organizational Communication
  • COM 4813 | Special Topics: Gender and Diversity at Work
  • COM 5003 | Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • COM 5013 | Communication Theory
  • COM 5033 | Qualitative Research Methods
  • COM 5103 | Theory and Applications of Organizational Communication
  • COM 5413 | Seminar in Organizations: Communicating Difference at Work

Research Interests

  • Organizational communication
  • identity and difference
  • work and occupations
  • qualitative research methods


  • Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, University of Colorado Boulder (2013)
  • M.Sc. in Organizational Communication, Université de Montréal (2008)
  • B.Sc. in Communication and Political Science, Université de Montréal (2006)

Honors and Awards

Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials