Jonathan Amsbary. Professor; Director, Graduate Program
Heritage Hall 335
(205) 934-3878

Research and Teaching Interests: Health Communication, Small Group and Organizational Communication, Interviewing and Communicating though Virtual Identities, Research Methodologies, Persuasion, Culture and Communication

Office Hours: M 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.; and by appointment

  • BA, University of New Mexico, Speech Communication/Psychology
  • MA, Indiana University, Speech Communication
  • PhD, Speech Communication/Social Psychology

Jonathan H. Amsbary specializes in areas of applied communication and persuasion. Specific interests include how communication changes in various contexts like small groups, organizations and virtual realities. He has recently been studying how virtual communities form and maintain their cultural identities. He employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in his investigations.

He has also taught at The University of New Mexico, Indiana University, The University of Hawaii, North Dakota State University, the University of Alabama and Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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  • Training and Development
  • Interviewing
  • Research Methods
  • Cyborg Communication
  • Argumentation
  • Organizational Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Powell, L., Hickson, M., III, & Amsbary, J. (2015). Talking sports: The role of communication in sports. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  • Powell, L., Vickers, J.S., Amsbary, J., & Hickson, M. (2009). Surviving Group Meeting: Practical Tools for Working in Groups. BrownWalker Press. Boca Raton, FL.
  • Powell, L. & Amsbary J. (2006). Interviewing: Situations and Contexts. Allyn and Bacon. Boston.
  • Powell, L., Hickson, M., Amsbary, J., Richmond, V. & McCroskey, J. (2014). The “Drinking-Buddy” scale and perceptions of assertiveness, responsiveness and authenticity. Journal of Political Science & Public Affairs, 2, 134. doi 10.4172/2332-0761, 1000134.
  • Powell, L., Amsbary, J., & Xin, Hai-Chang (2014). Stigma as a communication barrier for participation in the Federal Government’s Women, Infants, and Children program. Journal of Qualitative Research (in press).
  • Powell, L., Amsbary, J., & Hickson, M. (2014). The Wai in Thai Culture: An analysis from Thailand. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 34, 7.
  • Xin, Hai-Chang, Amsbary, J., & Powell, L. (2014). Urban health insurance reform in China. International Conference on Economic Management and Trade Cooperation, Atlantic Press, 407-16.
  • Amsbary, J.H. & Powell, L. (2013). Content analysis of self-help internet discussion boards: What they do, what they don’t do. Human Communication, 16(2), 49-57.
  • Powell, L., Amsbary, J. H., Hickson, M., Richmond, V. & Morse, M. (2013). Revisiting the Economic Impact of Channel One. Human Communication, 15, 159-71.
  • Eastern Communication Association
  • Alabama Communication Association