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Megan Kenny Feister

Assistant Professor, Communication

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Ph.D. Organizational Communication, Purdue University, 2015
M.A. Organizational Communication, University of Cincinnati, 2011
B.A. Communication, English, Saint Louis University, 2009


Megan Kenny Feister is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication at California State University Channel Islands. She is PI on a National Science Foundation grant investigating the cultivation of climates for ethical STEM work. She previously held a postdoctoral research position working on her grant funded research in Engineering Projects in Community Service at Purdue University. She is a recipient of the Purdue Research Foundation dissertation grant and co-wrote a National Science Foundation grant for her dissertation and postdoctoral work in Organizational Communication at Purdue.

Dr. Kenny Feister's primary research interests include collaboration and innovation; negotiations of expertise in team-based organizational work; team processes and decision-making; ethics in organizations and teams; engineering design; technology and its impacts on organizational and personal life; network analysis; and organizational identity.

Dr. Kenny Feister's classes combine foundational theory with project-based learning. She has partnered with over 100 local and national organizations and supervises her students as they deliver real-world, much-needed solutions to organizational problems. Dr. Kenny Feister also mentors students in research, the graduate school application process, job interview and salary negotiation preparation, and more.

Megan received her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Purdue University; her M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Cincinnati, and her B.A. in Communication and English at Saint Louis University.

Representative Courses Taught

  • COMM 442 Organizational Communication
  • COMM 329 Collaboration, Innovation, & Teamwork
  • COMM 455 Leadership Studies
  • COMM 499 Communication Capstone
  • COMM 305 Qualitative Research Methods
  • COMM 494 Independent Study
  • COMM 333 Nonprofit Management



Organizational Communication, Innovation and Collaboration, Team Work and Communicative Processes, Ethics, Expertise, Community Engagement

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