Jason S. Wrench (Ed.D., West Virginia University) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Wrench specializes in workplace learning and performance, or the intersection of instructional communication and organizational communication. His varied research interests include workplace learning and human performance improvement, computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, empirical research methods, family communication, humor, risk/crisis communication, and supervisor-subordinate interactions. Dr. Wrench regularly consults with individuals and organizations on workplace communication and as a professional speech coach for senior executives.
Dr. Wrench has published numerous books on a variety of communication topics: Intercultural Communication: Power in Context (2000), Communication, Affect, and Learning in the Classroom (2000, 2020), Principles of Public Speaking (2003, The College Network), Human Communication in Everyday Life: Explanations and Applications (2008, Allyn & Bacon), Quantitative Research Methods for Communication: A Hands-On Approach (2008, 2013, 2016, 2019, Oxford University Press), The Directory of Communication Related Mental Measures (2010, National Communication Association), Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking (2011, 2016, Flat World Knowledge), Communication Apprehension, Avoidance, and Effectiveness (2013, Allyn & Bacon), Organizational Communication: Theory, Research, and Practice (2014, Flat World Knowledge), and Training and Development: The Intersection of Communication and Talent Development in the Modern Workplace (2014, Kendall Hunt). Dr. Wrench also edited or coedited: The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationship (2017, Lexington). Casing Organizational Communication (2011, Kendall Hunt), Workplace Communication for the 21st Century: Tools and Strategies that Impact the Bottom Line: Vol. 1. Internal Workplace Communication, Vol. 2. External Workplace Communication (2013, both with Praeger), Casing Public Relations (2014, Kendall Hunt), and Casing Sport Communication (2015, Kendall Hunt). Dr. Wrench was the editor of the Ohio Communication Journal from 2005-2007, served as an associate editor for Communication Research Reports from 2007-2010, and has been on the editorial board for numerous academic journals. Furthermore, Dr. Wrench has published over 30 research articles that have appeared in various journals: Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, Education, Human Communication, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Intercultural Communication, Mentor, Southern Communication Journal, The Source: A Journal of Education, and The NACADA Journal (National Association of Campus Advising). Dr. Wrench is the former president of the Eastern Communication Association, and currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research for the World Communication Association.