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Dr. Ryan S. Bisel

Ryan Bisal

Position: Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2008
Office Phone: 405-325-6042
Office: Burton Hall Room 224
Office Hours: M 12:30-1:30, W 3:00-4:00

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Spring 2020 classes

  • COMM 2113  Business & Professional Communication
  • COMM 3223 Small Group Communication

Academic Interests

Dr. Bisel is a Professor of Organizational Communication. His research interests focus primarily on issues surrounding leadership communication, organizational culture, and behavioral ethics.

Dr. Bisel’s (2018) book titled, "Organizational Moral Learning: A Communication Approach" (Routledge) was honored with Book of The Year Awards from two divisions of the National Communication Association. Similarly, Bisel's research was honored with 17 Top Paper Awards and Panels from regional, national and international communication conferences. Also, Dr. Bisel was honored as the 2009 and 2011 Saxton Applied Research Award Recipient for his work in organizational change messaging and team learning, respectively. His 2013 article on team learning earned the Dennis Gouran Article Award from the National Communication Association. Furthermore, Bisel was awarded with the 2010 Longmire Prize for Teaching and the 2019 Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

In addition to several book chapters, Dr. Bisel’s research is published in communication and management journals: Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, The Leadership Quarterly, Business Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, Communication Studies, Journal of Management Education, International Journal of Business Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, Small Group Research, and Human Relations.

In addition to his academic experience, Professor Bisel has worked as a process consultant, speaker, trainer, and facilitator for organizations such as Sorb Technologies Fresenius North America, Crossed Cannons Brewery, Children's Hospital Foundation, Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice, South Central Climate Science Center, OU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rose State College, Alphi Phi Foundation, OU Department of Mathematics, Marquette Corporate Communication Summit, Air Force Public Affairs Center of Excellence, OSU-OU Executive Education Partnership Program, OU Department of Anesthesiology, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Credit Union League, Governor's Executive Partnership Program (OK), Grace Fellowship, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, National Weather Association, and Kansas Health Foundation.

Representative Publications

Bisel, R. S. (2018). Organizational Moral Learning: A Communication Approach. New York: Routledge. See:

Bisel, R. S., & Adame, E. A. (2019). Encouraging upward ethical dissent in organizations: The role of deference to embodied expertise. Management Communication Quarterly, 33, 139-159.

Bisel, R. S., Kramer, M. W., & Banas, J. A. (2017). Scaling up to institutional entrepreneurship: A life history of an elite training gymnastics organization. Human Relations, 70, 410-435.

Zanin, A. C., Bisel, R. S., & Adame, E. N. (2016). Supervisor moral talk contagion and trust-in-supervisor: Mitigating the workplace moral mum effect. Management Communication Quarterly, 30, 147-163

Bisel, R. S., Messersmith, A. S., & Kelley, K. M. (2012). Supervisor-subordinate communication: Hierarchical mum effect meets organizational learning. Journal of Business Communication, 49, 128-147.

Bisel, R. S., Kelley, K. M., Ploeger, N. A., & Messersmith, J. (2011). Workers’ moral mum effect: On facework and organizational ethics. Communication Studies, 62, 153-170.

Bisel, R. S., & Barge, J. K. (2011). Discursive positioning and planned change in organizations. Human Relations, 64, 257-283.