Time is at the heart of our quality of life.

Dawna I. Ballard (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara) is associate professor of organizational communication and technology at the University of Texas Austin. An expert in chronemics — the study of time as it is bound to human communication — she researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and long-term vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals.


  • Wall Street Journal

    The Formula to Get More Time Off Using Your Vacation Days

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  • New York Times

    The 9-to-5 Schedule Should Be the Next Pillar of Work to Fall

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  • The Atlantic

    How Hobbies Infiltrated American Life

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  • Time Magazine

    There's No Such Thing as Getting Ahead

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Current Projects

Dr. Ballard is currently completing a book, Time by Design (under contract at MIT Press), about how effective organizations routinely communicate slow to go fast. In it she describes her research in contexts ranging from healthcare to children’s advocacy centers to professional football and more.  Drawing on design theory and design thinking, she offers a toolkit that supports individuals and organizations who wish to redesign their time to align with the chronemic demands they face.

Known for her engaged scholarship that applies theory in the service of practical problems, Dr. Ballard recently joined the Board of Directors for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas.  She is excited to leverage her expertise to support their mission to empower communities to protect childhood for all Texas children.

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