Dr. William Snavely

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    Professor Emeritus

Dr. Snavely is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Communication at SDSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1977, his M.S. in Communication from West Virginia University in 1974, and his B.A. degree in Speech Communication at Illinois State University in 1973.

After three years teaching in the Communication Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1977-1980), Bill accepted a position in the Management Department at Miami. In addition to teaching courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and managerial communication, he served as chair of the Management Department and later as Associate Dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami. He joined the faculty at SDSU and became Director of the School of Communication in the fall of 2007.

His areas of research focus have included social style theory, communication competence, Russian business culture, and job stress. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Communication MonographsCommunication QuarterlyJournal of Applied Communication ResearchBusiness Horizons, and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. His teaching interests include leadership, organizational communication, intercultural communication, organizational behavior, and communication skills in business. Bill lives in Santee, California with his wife, Dr. Kay Snavely. They have two grown children and two awesome granddaughters. Bill enjoys travel, wine tasting, golf, and games of many kinds.

Key Publications:

  1. Snavely, W. B., Miassoedov, S. & McNeilly, K. (1998). Cross-cultural peculiarities of the Russian entrepreneur: Adapting to the new Russians.  Business Horizons41: 2, 8-14.
  2. Snavely, W. B. & McNeill, J. D. (2008). Communicator style and social style: Testing a theoretical interface.  Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies14: 3, 219-232
  3. Snavely, W. B., & Walters, E. (1983). Differences in communication competence among administrator social styles.  Journal of Applied Communication Research11, 120-135.
  4. Porcano, T. M., Snavely, W. B., Shull, D. & Staton, W.  (2004). Creating a multi-site summer study abroad program.  In C. Wankel & R. DeFillipi (Eds.), The cutting edge of international management educationVol. 2 of the research in management education and development scholarly book series. New York: IAP.
  5. Lashbrook, W., Snavely, W. B., & Sullivan, D.L.  (1977). The effects of source credibility and message information quantity on the attitude change of apathetics. Communication Monographs44, 252-262.


  1. San Diego State University PSFA College Council Faculty Recognition, 2012
  2. Miami University Student Government “Honored Professor” Award, 2002
  3. Miami University CELT Teaching Effectiveness Award, 1999
  4. Finalist, Miami University E. Phillip Knox Teaching Award, 1999
  5. DSR-TKA Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998

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