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Samantha Rae Powers, JD, PhD (she/her)

Associate Professor

  • Communication Studies
  • School of Communications


Dr. Samantha Rae Powers is a generalist in the Department of Communication Studies (COMM) (fka Strategic, Legal and Management Communication (SLMC)), with teaching and practical experience across the department’s three major areas of study. Samantha earned her B.S. in public relations at University of Florida, while gaining work experience in media relations, event planning and coordinating, and hospitality management. She also earned her M.A. and J.D. at University of Florida, including coursework in strategic public relations, media law, employment law, negotiation, and mediation. Prior to earning her Ph.D. specializing in organizational communication at University of California, Santa Barbara, Samantha worked for seven years as a Florida attorney, primarily practicing employment law and consumer financial services litigation, and as a Florida Supreme Court-certified County Mediator. Her research focuses on communicative behaviors related to occupational stress and employee well-being, vocational and organizational socialization, workplace discrimination, and negotiation.  In addition, Samantha serves as the Internship Coordinator for COMM and as the Cathy Hughes School of Communications Interdisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator.  Finally, she is licensed to practice law in Florida and Virginia.




Communication and Occupational Stress; Workplace Emotional Communication; Vocational and Organizational Socialization; Employee Discrimination; Gender and Negotiation

Related Articles

Powers, S. R., Gazica, M. W., & Myers, K. K. (2022). Emotional communication and human sustainability in professional service firms (PSFs). Sustainability, 14(7), 4054, 1-15. 

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. R., & Kessler, S. R. (2021). Imperfectly perfect: Examining psychosocial safety climate’s influence on the physical and psychological impact of perfectionism in the practice of law? Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 39(6), 741-757. 

Powers, S. R., & Myers, K. K. (2020). Work-related emotional communication model of burnout: An analysis of emotions for hire. Management Communication Quarterly 34(2), 155-187. (MCQ 2020 Paper of the Year)

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. R., & Irgens, M. S. (2018, September). Well-being among Arizona lawyers: Attorneys stressed but satisfied. Arizona Attorney, 55(1), 26-32.

Powers, S. R., & Myers, K. K. (2017).  Vocational Anticipatory Socialization:  College students’ reports of encouraging/discouraging sources and messages.  Journal of Career Development, 44(5), 409-424.

Myers, K. K., & Powers, S. R. (2017).  Mixed methods.  In C. Scott & L. Lewis (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication (Vol. III) (pp. 1625-1635).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Powers, S. R., & Myers, K. K. (2016).  Millennials in the workplace:  Research findings and managerial implications.  In M. Sharabi (Ed.), Generational differences in work values and ethics: An international perspective (pp. 163-182).  Hauppauge, NY:  Nova Science Publishers.

Putnam, L. L., & Powers, S. R. (2016).  Contradictions and dialectics as keys to conflict transformation.  In P. M. Kellett & T. G. Matyok (Eds.), Transforming conflict through communication in personal, family, and working relationships (pp. 3-22).  Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Putnam, L. L., & Powers, S. R. (2015).  Developing negotiation competencies.  In A. F. Hannawa & B. H. Spitzberg (Eds.), Communication competence (Vol. 22) (pp. 367-395).  Berlin/Boston:  Mouton de Gruyter.