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Creshema Murray

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Creshema Murray

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Office: S1009
713-221-5034
murraycr@uhd.edu

Dr. Creshema Murray is an Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Murray completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Political Science and Social Work. After a brief stint working in the Alabama political arena, Dr. Murray returned to The University of Alabama and earned her Master's Degree in Intercultural Communication. During this tenure she conducted research focusing on Black and White women's friendships within the workplace. With a continued desire to conduct research on Black women's experiences in workplace organizations, Dr. Murray earned a doctorate in Organizational Communication and Management from The University of Alabama.

Dr. Murray teaches courses in Leadership, Organizational Training & Development and Destructive Organizational Communication. Dr. Murray is engaged in two areas of communication research. Her first area of research focuses on the lived experiences of Women of Color in workplace organizations. The second area focuses on the manner in which organizations foster destructive workplace practices with employees. In addition to her role at the University of Houston-Downtown, Dr. Murray engages in overseeing the creation and implementation of a multitude of strategically focused communication campaigns.       

Dr. Murray is a member of Southern States Communication Association, the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, the Houston Area Women's Center Young Leaders and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

​Doctorate degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Information Sciences (University of Alabama , 2011)


​UHD 1301: The Olivia Pope Effect: Race, Gender and Leadership in the Workplace

UHD 1304: Introduction to Speech Communication

UHD 2301: Destructive Organizational Communication

COMM 3315: Small Group Communication

COMM 4310: Communication in Organizations

COMM 4330: Training and Development 

Dr. Murray has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication specializing in Management. Her dissertation explored the communicative lived experiences of Black women in leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Murray has served as an Assistant Professor at University of Houston-Downtown since 2013. She also served as a Lecturer of Interpersonal and Health Communication from 2011 to 2013 at the University of Georgia. She has published several articles, presented at conferences and has been an invited presented many times. Dr. Murray is a member of groups such as: Houston Area Women's Center Young Leaders, Southern States Communication Association, National Communication Association and International Communication Association.

Dr. Murray is a qualitative organizational communication scholar. She is primarily engaged in two areas of organizational communication research. Her first area of research focuses on the lived experiences of women of color in workplace organizations. In particular, she focuses on Black women leaders in organizations and how their race and gender impact their leadership skills. In the spring of 2015, her work was included in an edited book, Critical Examinations of Women of Color Navigating Mentoring Relationships, which examines the importance of Black women's mentoring relationships and the correlation of mentoring relationships with organizational advancement and success. An earlier version of the paper was presented at the National Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida in the fall of 2013.

Aligned with this same focus of scholarship, Dr. Murray presented two single authored papers at the 65th Annual International Communication Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the summer of 2015. These manuscripts showcased her research examining the communicative workplace experiences of Black women in for-profit and in non-profit organizations. These three projects emphasize Dr. Murray's research trajectory over the next two years; examining organizations and their treatment of Black female leaders. Dr. Murray is in the preliminary stages of drafting a theoretical manuscript stressing the importance of Black women's voices in organizational communication discourse.

Dr. Murray's second area of research focuses on the manner in which organizations foster destructive workplace practices with employees. In the summer of 2015 the book chapter, Understanding the Identity Associated with Organizational Hazing, was published.  This chapter introduces hazing as an organizational communication problem and then examines the use of hazing as a destructive organizational communication tool. This research area also coincides with her teaching interests in destructive organizational communication practices. Dr. Murray's UHD 2301: Destructive Organizational Communication course was a direct result of her research interests in this relatively new organizational communication area.

Dr. Murray also has research interest in the manner in which the media portrays Black culture. In the spring of 2015, she published an article in the Journal of Hip Hop Studies that examined the impact hip-hop music has on children of color and their educational learning experiences. One forth coming project in this area examines the incorporation of social media in teaching race, gender and leadership in a communication course.                                                      

In addition to extending her research activities understanding organizational hazing practices in the workplace and the lived experiences of Black women in the workplace, Dr. Murray also plans to publish research highlighting her pedagogical practices as a faculty member at UHD.

Recent Publications

Murray, C. (In Press). Relationships as Sites for Advancement: How African American Female Leaders Successfully Navigate Mentoring in the Workplace.  In Brown-Givins, S. (Ed.)  Critical examinations of women of color navigating mentoring relationships. SUNY  Publishing.  

Murray, C. & Nichols, C. (2015). The Case Study for Hip Hop Music and Children's Educational  Television Viewing. Journal of Hip Hop Studies 

Murray, C. & Brown, K. (2015). Understanding the Identity Associated with Organizational Hazing. In  Gilchrist, E. & Long, S. (Eds).  Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication. Peter Lang Publishing.

Murray, C. (2015). Leadership Styles. In. King-Meadows, T. (Ed). African American Leadership: A Concise Reference Guide. Mission Bell Media.    

Murray, C. (2015). The Executive Leadership Council. In. King-Meadows, T. (Ed). African American Leadership: A Concise Reference Guide. Mission Bell Media.      

Murray, C. (2015) The Definition of Leadership. In. King-Meadows, T. (Ed). African American Leadership: A Concise Reference Guide. Mission Bell Media.   

Murray, C. (2015). Black Enterprise. In. King-Meadows, T. (Ed). African American Leadership:  A Concise Reference Guide. Mission Bell Media.

Conference Presentations

Murray, C. (2015, June). AAC&U Faculty Intentionality in Problem Centered Learning Project, UHD Team Representative at the 25th AAC&U Institute on General Education and  Assessment in Edmond, OK

Murray, C. (2015, May). African American Females Communicative Workplace Experiences with Organizational Success. Competitive paper accepted for presentation at the 65th Annual International Communication Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.   

Murray, C. (2015, May). The Forty Year Black Female Review: From Get Christie Love to Olivia Pope. Competitive paper accepted for presentation at the 65th Annual International Communication Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.   

Murray, C. (2015, May). Too Much Blackness in Academe: Why Can't We Talk About Race?  Competitive paper accepted for presentation at the 28th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education Conference in Washington, DC. 
 
Murray, C. (2014, November). The Presence of Our Voices: Continuing the Project of Inclusion in International and Intercultural Communication Research. Invited presenter at the 100th National Communication Association Convention in Chicago, IL
 
Murray, C. (2014, November). The "C" Word: Cancer Narratives in African American Films and Television Shows. Competitive paper accepted for presentation at the 100th National Communication Association Convention in Chicago, IL

Murray, C. (2014, April). Changing Spaces: Making Room for the LGBT Community. Competitive paper presented at the 84th Annual Southern States Communication Association Convention in New Orleans, La.







​1. Community Engagement Service Learning Mini-Grant, College of Public Service, (January 2015) $2,000.
2. Faculty Development Grant, (May 2015), $2,950
3. Facilitating Faculty Member, AAC&U Problem-Centered Learning Grant (October 2014-October 2015)

 

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