George Cheney is Professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University. George received his B.A. in psychology in 1980 from Youngstown State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University in communication in 1982 and 1985. His doctoral dissertation and subsequent book focused on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ 1983 peace pastoral as a study in the transformation of an organization’s identity through its interaction with a variety of constituencies. George has maintained interests in communication and identity on multiple levels of society, while developing research and courses in quality of worklife, workplace democracy and employee participation, global marketization and consumerism, professional and communication ethics, and rhetorics of dissent and peace making. George is both a social scientist and a humanist, and is a strong proponent of multiple research orientations and methods.
George arrived at Kent State in August, 2011, after having held faculty positions at the universities of Illinois, Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Texas. George has held administrative positions in communication departments, a campus quality-of-worklife program, an interdisciplinary peace and conflict studies program, a human rights center, and a service learning institute. George has had opportunities to teach, lecture, conduct research, or consult in Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Colombia, in addition to holding a position as adjunct professor at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand since 1998. George also has close collaborations with faculty at Mondragón University, the Basque Country, Spain, where he has followed the world’s largest worker-owned firm in its encounters with market globalization. George has also helped to establish relationships for students at U Peace in Costa Rica, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and a human rights advocacy organization in New Delhi.
George has authored or co-authored eight books and over 90 articles, chapters, and reviews. His most recent book is the Handbook of Communication Ethics (Cheney, May & Munshi, 2011) commissioned by the International Communication Association and published by Routledge. George is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including a best edited book award for the work cited above from the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association in 2011.
George believes that good pedagogy should move us beyond the taken-for-granted, that sound research should illuminate and inspire, and that meaningful service should embrace others to better the world. At Kent State, George is already involved in outreach through the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, pursuing community-based research, service, and consultation toward locally responsive and responsible economic development.
George is has been the North American Book Review Editor for the international, interdisciplinary journal Organization since 2003 and is past chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He has consulted for organizations in all three major sectors of society and regularly writes op eds on current affairs.
George is an avid hiker, gardener, and outdoors person, spending breaks in the Four Corners area of the US Southwest, where home base is a trailer near Monticello, Utah.