Pavitra Kavya

Pavitra Kavya

Assistant Professor, Communication, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Brief Bio

Pavitra Kavya (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is an Assistant Professor of Communication. She teaches in the Communication Studies option.

Dr. Kavya’s research interests are centered on issues of leadership and organizational communication with an emphasis on understanding how people can derive more energy and joy at their workplace. Her past work has centered around assessing, creating and supporting training and development needs for groups, teams and organizations.

In addition to research, Pavitra has worked as a leadership consultant and trainer for firms in the high-technology industry on topics such as crucial conversations, change management, fostering intrapreneurship, and organizational development.

Publications & Scholarly Works

Cionea, I. A., Gilmore, B. N., Machette, A. T., & Kavya, P. (2023). How students respond to critical feedback from teaching assistants: The effect of instructor and feedback characteristics on perceptions of credibility, efficacy, affect, and self-esteem. Western Journal of Communication, 87(4), 578-600.

Kavya, P. (2021). A Practitioner’s Journey with Theory—Using Theories for Skill Building on the Frontlines of Organizations. In Austin, J. T., Orbe, M. P., & Sims, J. D. (Eds.), Communication Theory: Diverse and Inclusive Perspectives (pg 88-90). San Diego, CA: Cognella. Retrieved from

Lee, S.K., Kavya, P., & Lasser, S. C. (2021). Social interactions and relationships with a communicative AI-agent. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 150, 1-12.

Cionea, I. A., Kavya, P., & Wyant, M. (2020) Dialogue orientations in workplace meetings. Management Communication Quarterly, 35(2), 315-331.  

Bisel, R. S., Kavya, P., & Tracy, S. J. (2020). Positive deviance case selection as a method for organizational communication: A rationale, how-to, and illustration. Management Communication Quarterly, 34(2), 1–18.

Kavya, P., & Kramer, M. (2019). The impact of maternity-leave advice within the academy on work-life balance of female faculty and administrators. In J. Cubbage (Ed), Developing women leaders in the academy through enhanced communication strategies (pp.). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.