Texas Tech University

Kendra Rivera

Communication Studies

Kendra Rivera Dr. Kendra Rivera, assistant professor, Department of Communication Studies, is an organizational communication scholar who is interested in employees' identities at work. Her research focuses on the communication of emotion, burnout and wellness in the workplace, and the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. Her research on "How to Bust the Office Bully" is a resource for organizations and targets of bullying around the world, and her most recent publication explores the role male executives play in work-life policies. In forthcoming publications, Dr. Rivera draws from the two and a half years she spent "shadowing" and interviewing U.S. Border Patrol Agents and discusses the role of emotion, stress and ethical decision-making for law enforcement officers. Her work reaches scholarly audiences while also seeking to provide practical suggestions that can lead to more productive and just organizations, as well as more healthy employees. Her dedication to making scholarship applicable in everyday life is also evident in her teaching philosophy. "My goal in teaching," says Dr. Rivera, "is to empower students with the knowledge that communication theory provides, so that students communicate effectively and improve their world."

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