Dr. Robert B. Layne II

Assistant Professor

Dr. Robert B. Layne II
Room 267, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 200, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Utah (2018)
  • MA, Texas Tech University (2012)
  • BA, Truman State University (2002)

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Communication - Organizational Relationships, Constructions of Power, Materiality, Leadership, Gender, Communicative Constitution of Organizations, Structuration, Policy Development and Implementation

Interpersonal Health Communication - Communicative Constitution of Health, Genetics Communication, Patient-Provider Communication, Health Disparities, Sex and Gender Minority Healthcare

Qualitative and Critical Methods - Ethnography, Participatory Critical Rhetoric...

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Organizational Communication - Organizational Relationships, Constructions of Power, Materiality, Leadership, Gender, Communicative Constitution of Organizations, Structuration, Policy Development and Implementation

Interpersonal Health Communication - Communicative Constitution of Health, Genetics Communication, Patient-Provider Communication, Health Disparities, Sex and Gender Minority Healthcare

Qualitative and Critical Methods - Ethnography, Participatory Critical Rhetoric (Rhetorical Field Methods), Qualitative Interviewing, Autoethnography, Focus Groups, Content Analysis

Theories of Sex and Gender - Queer Standpoint Theory, Queer Theory, Feminist Standpoint Theory

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Biography

As a scholar of organizational and health communication, Dr. Layne views communication structures and practices as sites of intersection for systems of difference and social (in)justice.  In order to identify and challenge the perpetuation of social inequity, Layne primarily utilizes qualitative and critical-qualitative inquiry to explore how communication creates, reifies, and resists knowledge concerning health and organizational practices for marginalized populations. 

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As a scholar of organizational and health communication, Dr. Layne views communication structures and practices as sites of intersection for systems of difference and social (in)justice.  In order to identify and challenge the perpetuation of social inequity, Layne primarily utilizes qualitative and critical-qualitative inquiry to explore how communication creates, reifies, and resists knowledge concerning health and organizational practices for marginalized populations. 

Dr. Layne has taught a wide variety of courses including Public Speaking, Introduction to Organizational Communication, Political Campaign Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, Analysis of Argument, Argumentation and Debate, Forensics Activities, and Business & Professional Speaking.  Layne values accommodating multiple learning styles during class sessions.  A typical class will involve lecture, discussion, and activities that illustrate core concepts.  In addition, bringing critical issues of political, social, cultural, and economic significance into focus through discussion and debate is a key component of Layne's teaching.  Finally, Dr. Layne emphasizes student engagement of material through practical means as well as service learning.

Dr. Layne will be joining the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University coming from Salt Lake City, where he was an instructor and research fellow at the University of Utah.  He enjoys Top 40 music, hiking, judging speech & debate, and playing racquetball. 

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Dr. Layne's dissertation, titled "The Communicative Constitution of Reproduction and Reproductive Genetic Testing for Sex and Gender Minorities: A Queer Standpoint Approach," examines the lived experiences of LGBTQ individuals and couples that have had conversations with their health providers about reproductive genetic testing.  In Layne's project, he advances two new theoretical perspectives to understand the communicative experiences of sex and gender minorities in relation to reprodu...

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Dr. Layne's dissertation, titled "The Communicative Constitution of Reproduction and Reproductive Genetic Testing for Sex and Gender Minorities: A Queer Standpoint Approach," examines the lived experiences of LGBTQ individuals and couples that have had conversations with their health providers about reproductive genetic testing.  In Layne's project, he advances two new theoretical perspectives to understand the communicative experiences of sex and gender minorities in relation to reproduction and reproductive genetic testing: the communicative constitution of health and queer standpoint theory.

Dr. Layne has won multiple grants and awards for his research including accolades from the Applied Communication Division in the National Communication Association (NCA), the Peace and Conflict Division in NCA, the Communication and Instruction Interest Group at the Western States Communication Association, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER), and the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Utah.

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Courses

Fall 2018:

COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication