Ryan S. Bisel


Dr. Ryan S. Bisel
Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2008

Email: ryanbisel@ou.edu
Office Phone: 405-325-6042
Office: Burton Hall Room 224
Office Hours: W 9:30-10:30a & 
F 1:00-2:30p

Link to CV


Fall Classes 2016: 

COMM 3223: Small Group Communication 

COMM 4713:  Communication Capstone


Dr. Bisel is an Associate Professor of Organizational Communication. His research interests focus primarily on issues surrounding leadership communication, organizational culture, and behavioral ethics.

Between 2007 and 2016, Dr. Bisel’s research was honored with 16 Top Paper Awards and Panels from regional, national and international communication conferences. Also, Dr. Bisel was honored as the 2009 and 2011 Saxton Applied Research Award Recipient for his work in organizational change messaging and team learning, respectively. His 2013 article on team learning earned the Dennis Gouran Article Award from the National Communication Association. Furthermore, Bisel was awarded as the 2010 Longmire Prize winner for excellence in Teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching. 

In addition to several book chapters, Dr. Bisel’s research is published in communication and management journals: Communication Theory, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, The Leadership Quarterly, Business Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Journal of Management Education, International Journal of Business Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Southern Communication Journal, Small Group Research, and Human Relations.

In addition to his academic experience, Professor Bisel has worked as a process consultant, speaker, trainer, and facilitator for organizations such as Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Hospice, OU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rose State College, Alphi Phi Foundation, OU Department of Mathematics, Marquette Corporate Communication Summit, Air Force Public Affairs Center of Excellence, OSU-OU Executive Education Partnership Program, OU Department of Anesthesiology, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone Credit Union League, Governor's Executive Partnership Program (OK), Grace Fellowship, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, National Weather Association, and Kansas Health Foundation.

Representative Publications:

Zanin, A. C., Bisel, R. S., & Adame, E. N. (2016). Supervisor moral talk contagion and trust-in-supervisor: Mitigating the workplace moral mum effect. Management Communication Quarterly, 30, 147-163

Bisel, R. S., Barge, J. K., Dougherty, D. S., Lucas, K., & Tracy, S. J. (2014). A round-table discussion of “big” data in qualitative organizational communication research. Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 625-649.

Kelley, K. M., & Bisel, R. S. (2014). Leaders’ narrative sensemaking during LMX role negotiations: Explaining how leaders make sense of who to trust and when. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 433-448.

Bisel, R. S., & Kramer, M. W. (2014). Denying what workers believe are unethical workplace requests: Do workers use moral, operational, or policy justifications publicly? Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 111-129.

Bisel, R. S., Messersmith, A. S., & Kelley, K. M. (2012). Supervisor-subordinate communication: Hierarchical mum effect meets organizational learning. Journal of Business Communication, 49, 128-147.

Bisel, R. S., Kelley, K. M., Ploeger, N. A., & Messersmith, J. (2011). Workers’ moral mum effect: On facework and organizational ethics. Communication Studies, 62, 153-170.

Bisel, R. S., & Barge, J. K. (2011). Discursive positioning and planned change in organizations. Human Relations, 64, 257-283.