Department Associate Chair, Associate Professor

Area of Study: Organizational Communication

Email: skmay@email.unc.edu
Office: 201B Bingham Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:30AM or by appointment
Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Biography

Steve May (PhD) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include organizational ethics and corporate social responsibility, with a specific focus on ethical dilemmas, as well as ethical practices of dialogue, transparency, participation, courage, and accountability. His books include The Handbook of Communication Ethics, The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility, The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility, Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices, and Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives, each of which has won a top book award from national and international associations. His current book projects include Corporate Social Responsibility: Virtue or Vice? and Working Identities: Communication, Ethics, and Organizational Life.

Research Interests

Professor May’s scholarship draws on interpretive and critical perspectives of organizational communication, as well as post-structuralist theories at the intersection of power, knowledge, and discourse. More specifically, his research focuses on the relationship between work and identity, as it relates to the boundaries of public/private, work/family, and labor/leisure. Most recently, he has studied the challenges and opportunities for organizational ethics, including common ethical dilemmas faced by workers and key practices of organizational ethics such as dialogue, transparency, participation, courage, and accountability that strengthen ethical awareness, judgment, and action in organizations.

Professor May’s research also explores the broader social, economic, political, environmental, and ideological impact of corporations, with particular attention to corporate social responsibility programs. His work considers the preferred relationship between corporations and society and how, if at all, corporations can contribute to the public good. This body of research has sought to challenge traditional dichotomies of ethics vs. profits, internal vs. external communication, and agency vs. structure-based practices to critique the role of corporations and to provide strategies for reimagining new organizations that are both productive and humane, responsible and responsive.

Recent Honors

Fellowships

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

Arthur W. Page Center Ethics Scholar

Houle Engaged Scholar

Robert Wood Johnson Legacy Scholar

Recent Publications

Outstanding Book Award, National Communication Association, Organizational Communication
The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives

Outstanding Book Award, National Communication Association, Public Relations
The Handbook of Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility

Outstanding Book Award, National Communication Association, Communication Ethics
The Handbook of Communication Ethics