Areas of Expertise
Computer-mediated Communication, Design Thinking in Higher Education, Collaborative Communication
PhD (Communication Studies), 2012, University of Texas at Austin
Professional Publications & Contributions
Gamze Yilmaz (PhD, The University of Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her first line of research focuses on the cognitive (e.g., online message perceptions, collective sensemaking) and behavioral processes (e.g., vaccine hesitancy, eating habits) as they manifest in language use on social media. Dr. Yilmaz’s second line of research examines collaborative communication processes, and the role design thinking plays on student learning experiences and academic outcomes. She is an alumna of Teaching and Learning Studio at Stanford Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and certified by IDEO as a design thinking practitioner. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Communication Research, Health Communication, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Communication Studies, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Teacher. Additionally, she presented her work in national and international conferences such as National Communication Association and International Communication Association. She designs courses on human communication and technology, creative collaboration, and communication research methods using design thinking framework and mindsets.