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Jay Baglia

Jay Baglia is the recipient of the 2022 Spirit of DePaul Award. Jay is an associate professor in the College of Communication with a focus on health communication, gender communication and performance studies. He has taught at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Southwestern University near Austin, TX, San José State University in California and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Immediately prior to joining Kutztown University, Baglia was a medical educator for Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) in Allentown. For LVHN, he developed curriculum and assessment tools for the Department of Family Medicine Residency Program, planned and facilitated workshops in the Teaching Leader Series, and served as study coordinator for the Cultural Awareness Implementation Team baseline assessment group.

His academic preparation includes a BA in communication from the University of South Florida. He earned an MA from USF in 1999, concentrating on gender communication in organizations. For his doctoral studies, Baglia focused on gender communication, performance theory, and health; he received his PhD in 2003 (also from USF).

In 2005, Baglia published The Viagra Ad Venture: Masculinity, Media, & the Performance of Sexual Health with Peter Lang Publishing. Along with co-editor Rachel E. Silverman, Dr. Baglia published a volume of pregnancy loss narratives, Communic​ating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change, in Peter Lang’s Health Communication Seri​es in 2015. Both The Viagra Ad Venture and Communicating Pregnancy Loss won the OSCLG Outstanding Book Award (in 2006 and 2015, respectively). In addition, he has book chapters, book reviews, and essays in journals such as Health Communication, Family Medicine, Cultural Studies <> Critical Methodologies, Text & Performance Quarterly, Women & Language, and the Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism.

He has made over sixty presentations at academic conferences and is regularly invited to serve as a respondent. He is a member of the National Communication Association (NCA), the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG), and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). He is currently on the editorial boards of Health Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, Text & Performance Quarterly, and Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare.

In November, 2012, Baglia received the Distinguished Book Award for The Viagra Ad Venture from the Health Communication Division at the National Communication Association.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time parenting, traveling, playing tennis, coaching, rooting for the New York Mets and strumming guitar with the QuaranTones.

Selected Publications

Academic Journal Articles

  • ​​“The Ontology of Oncology: Navigating Cyborgs and Assemblages through Cancer Treatment," Health Communication. (2022) 
  • “Difficult Case Consultation: An Intervention for Interprofessional Health Communication,” Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare, 5 (3). Co-authored with Elissa Foster (2021)
  • "A Nurse's Touch," Health Communication. (2021)
  • "Toxicity," in E. Ho, C. Bylund, & J. van Weert (Eds). The International Encyclopedia of Health Communication​. Wiley. 
  • "Organizational Whistleblowers," in E. Ho, C. Bylund, & J. van Weert (Eds). The International Encyclopedia of Health Communication​. Wiley.​
  • Mad Men as health communication: Health-related themes in the hit AMC Television series.” Health Communication, 30, 50-60. Co-authored with Elissa Foster (2014)
  • “Slaying the assessment dragon: One department's efforts to tame the beast and survive as the knights in shining armor.” Journal of Association for Communication Administration, 32, 27-38. Co-authored with Mary Eicholtz (2013)
  • “Dueling dualisms: Are Women in the Western at Home on the Range?” Cultural Studies < > Critical Methodologies, 12, 491-499. (2012)
  • “The radar graph: The development of a communication tool to demonstrate resident competency.” Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 2, 220-226. Co-authored with Drew Keister, Daniel Larson, & Julie Dostal (2012)
  • “A process for generating developmentally-appropriate competency assessment.” Family Medicine, 43, 90-98. Co-authored with Elissa Foster, Drew Keister, & Nay Biery et al. (2011)
  • “Transforming Emergency Medicine through Narrative: Qualitative Action Research at a Community Hospital.” Health Communication, 19, 197-208. Co-authored with Eric Eisenberg & Joan Pynes (2006)
  • “Performing the "really real": Cultural criticism, representation, and commodification in The Laramie Project.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 19, 127-145. Co-authored with Elissa Foster (2005)


Book Chapters

  • “Billable (H)ours: Autoethnography, Ambivalence, and Academic Labor in a Healthcare Organization.” In Andrew Herrmann (Ed). International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography (pp. 191-208). Co-authored with Nicole Defenbaugh & Elissa Foster. Routledge. (2020)
  • “Beginning Again: Diagnosis as Breach, Survival as a New Normal,” In C. Kiesinger & L. Peterson (Eds.) Narrating Midlife: Crisis, Transition, & Transformation (pp. 107-130). Lexington Press. (2019)
  • “A Couple Manages the Uncertainties of Dementia & Decline.” In A. du Pre & E. Berlin Ray (Eds.) Real-life Scenarios: A Case Study Perspective on Health Communication (pp. 91-94). Co-authored with Sean Sullivan. New York: Oxford University Press. (2018)
  • “Introduction: The Politics of Pregnancy Loss.” In R. Silverman & J. Baglia (Eds.) Communicating Pregnancy Loss (pp. 1-15). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (2015)
  • “Melancholy Baby: Time, Emplotment, & Other Notes on Our Miscarriage.” In R. Silverman & J. Baglia (Eds.) Communicating Pregnancy Loss (pp. 197-209). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (2015)
  • “Afterword: How to do things with stories.” In R. Silverman & J. Baglia (Eds.) Communicating Pregnancy Loss (pp. 295-304). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. (2015)
  • “The communicating efforts of negotiating unmarried life: Friction and flexibility.” In S. Marrow and D. Leoutsakis (Eds.) More than Blood (pp. 84-94). Co-authored with Elissa Foster. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt. (2013)
  • “Assessing Baseline Cultural Sensitivity Among Employees at a Hospital System: A Mixed Methods Approach.” In R. Ahmed & B. Bates (Eds.) Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts (pp. 145-166). Co-authored with Anthony Nerino, Judith Sabino, & Jarret Patton. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. (2012)

OpEd Publications

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Toxicity’s Integrity,” International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL (May 2019).
  • “The Ontology of Oncology: Operationalizing Donna Haraway’s Cyborg through My Cancer Narrative,” Health Humanities Consortium, Chicago, IL (March 2019).
  • “Healthful, Heartful, & Hopeful Autoethnography in Medicine” (with Nicole Defenbaugh & Elissa Foster), Symposium on Autoethnography and Narrative Inquiry,” St. Petersburg, FL (January 2019).
  • “Beginning Again: Diagnosis as Breach, Survival as a New Normal,” National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT (November 2018).
  • “Gendered Social Support.” Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender, Lake Tahoe, CA (October 2018).
  • “The Illness Narrative as Transgressive Feminist Methodology Par Excellence” (with Patricia Geist-Martin). Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, Oak Park, IL (October 2016).
  • “The Redressive Stage of Turner's Social Drama: Reflexivity and the Case of the Supreme Court Vacancy.” Critical Performance Dialogues: Skepticism & Imaginaries, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. (July 2016).