Dr. Xu specializes in organizational and group communication. His research focuses on the role of culture, ethics and dialogue in organizational and group communication practices, with the intent of developing a dialogic approach to organizational and group communication. His work has been published in a variety of national and international academic journals, including Communication Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Asian Journal of Communication, Gender, Place & Culture, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, International Journal of Conflict Management, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Loss and Trauma, Health, Risk & Society, China Media Research, Journalism and Communication Review, and Journalism Quarterly. In addition to teaching in the Department of Strategic Communication, he is also a faculty member in the M.S. Program in Communication Management, the M.S. Program in Globalization and Development Communication, and the Ph.D. Program in Media and Communication (M&C).
Dr. Xu came to the U.S. in 2003 when he was awarded a Graduate Council Fellowship by the University of Alabama to pursue graduate study in communication. Prior to that, he received education in foreign languages, literature and linguistics in China. He speaks Chinese, English and Japanese; he also learned German for a couple of years. Being an invited columnist, he has published near a hundred opinion articles in China Youth Daily, Dongfang Daily News, The Beijing News, Shanghai Morning Post, Guangzhou Daily, among others.
As an international person and an observer of the U.S. society, Dr. Xu is seriously concerned about poverty and gun issues in North Philadelphia after receiving numerous alerts about robberies and shootings that happened on or around the campus. His firsthand experience in the neighboring impoverished black communities makes him think on the issues of poverty and racial inequality.
|Ph.D.||Organizational Communication||University of Colorado - Boulder|
|M.A.||Communication Studies||The University of Alabama|
|M.A.||Linguistics||Sichuan University, China|
|STRC 1111||Communicating Leadership||Undergraduate|
|STRC 2661||Introduction to Organizational Communication||Undergraduate|
|STRC 2662||Leading Groups and Team Building||Undergraduate|
|STRC 2672||Global Communication and Leadership||Undergraduate|
|STRC 3663||Research Methods||Undergraduate|
|STRC 4670||Special Topics in Organizational Leadership||Undergraduate|
|STRC 4696||Diverse Communication and Leadership||Undergraduate|
|STRC 4775||Health Communication||Undergraduate|
|STRC 8101||Research Methods||Graduate|
|STRC 8103||Leadership in Communication Management||Graduate|
|STRC 8104||Organizational Communication||Graduate|
|MC 9002||Researching Communication||Doctorate|
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (Recent):
Deng, Y., & Xu, K. (2014). Chinese employees negotiating differing conflict management expectations in a US-based multinational corporation subsidiary in Southwest China. Management Communication Quarterly, 28(4), 609-624. Doi: 10.1177/0893318914544324
Xu, K., & Li, Y. (2014). Exploring guanxi from a gender perspective: Urban Chinese women’s practices of guanxi. Gender, Place & Culture. Doi:10.1080/0966369X.2014.917279
Yang, J., Xu, K., & Rodriguez, L. (2014). The rejection of science frames in the news coverage of the golden rice experiment in Hunan, China. Health, Risk & Society, 16(4), 339-354. Doi:10.1080/13698575.2014.923092
Deng, Y., & Xu, K. (2014). Strategy to motivate and facilitate compromise in Chinese mediation: A discourse analysis of contemporary Chinese mediation sessions. International Journal of Conflict Management, 25(1), 4-20. Doi:10.1108/IJCMA-11-2011-0076
Xu, K. (2013). The (im)possibility of dialogue in controversial public events: A dialogic approach to the Wang Hui/Zhu Xueqin case. Journalism Quarterly [Xinwen Daxue], 121, 72-83.
Deng, Y., Xu, K., Fu, X., & Ma, S. (2013). Mediating family conflicts on TV: A discourse analysis of Gold Medal Mediation episodes. China Media Research, 9(4), 5-14.
Xu, K. (2013). Theorizing difference in intercultural communication: A critical dialogic perspective. Communication Monographs, 80(3), 379-397. Doi:10.1080/03637751.2013.788250
Xu, K. (2013). Organizational democracy, organizational participation and critical organizational communication studies. Journalism and Communication Review, 13, 1-7.
Xu, K. (2013). Framing Occupy Wall Street: A content analysis of The New York Times and USA Today. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2412-2432. Doi: 1932–8036/20130005
Xu, K., & Yuan, P. (2013). The effects of three sources of social support on quake survivors’ posttraumatic stress after the Wenchuan earthquake. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping.Doi:10.1080/15325024.2013.791516
Xu, K. (2013). In the wake of the Wenchuan earthquake: The function of story-sharing in rebuilding communities in the quake disaster zone. Asian Journal of Communication, 23(2), 152-174. Doi:10.1080/01292986.2012.725172
Xu, K., & Li, W. (2012). An ethical stakeholder approach to crisis communication: A case study of Foxconn’s 2010 employee suicide crisis. Journal of Business Ethics, 117(2), 371-386. Doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1522-0
Xu, K. (2011). An empirical study of Confucianism: Measuring Chinese academic leadership. Management Communication Quarterly, 25(4), 644-662. Doi:10.1177/0893318911405621
Xu, K. (2011). Causal attributions for corporate performance: A cross-cultural comparison of Chinese and U.S. American companies. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4(3), 221-239. Doi: 10.1080/17513057.2011.575951