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Jason Combs

Principal Lecturer; Dialogue Zone Coordinator

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Jason Combs
Phone: 937-229-2038
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • Ph.D., Organizational Communication, Purdue University, 2006
  • M.A., Communication, University of Dayton, 1998
  • B.A., Communication, University of Dayton, 1996


Jason Combs’ research focuses on creating unity within communication systems. In his scholarship, Jason explores conditions that make unified action possible among people, such as creating and maintaining dialogue, the development of community, collaborative decision-making and problem-solving, and the establishment of conditions for ethical action.  Being a second-generation Appalachian in the Dayton area, Jason has a special interest in communication issues pertaining to the Central Appalachian region, including how Appalachian families hold themselves together amidst conditions of geographic separation.

Jason also has had extensive experience in working as a communication trainer and consultant for businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Midwest in various industries, including hospitals, credit unions, IT companies, manufacturing firms, energy services providers, and dental offices.

Faculty Perspective

I view improving communication as a way of transforming human society as a whole. Communication is the fabric of human relationships.  Improving people’s capacity to achieve desired outcomes through ethical collaboration makes their relationships with each other stronger. Better communication means better families, better companies, better communities, and ultimately a better world. This vision is my primary inspiration in both teaching and scholarship.

Professional Activities

  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Association for Bahá’í Studies
  • Organizational Development Network of Greater Dayton

Research Interests

  • Dialogue in an organizational context
  • Creating and maintaining community
  • Collaborative decision-making and problem-solving
  • Ethics in organizational contexts
  • Communication issues relating to Central Appalachian families
  • Training and organizational development