Dr. Robert Littlefield
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Office: Minard 338-B16
Phone: (701) 231-7783
This is my 35th year as a member of the NDSU academic community. NDSU continues to be a great place to teach, to direct and conduct research, and to serve my community, the state of North Dakota, and my professional associations.
This year, I will be teaching online and face-to-face (F2F) courses in crisis communication, risk communication and intercultural communication. My fall semester classes include COMM 786: Risk Communication and COMM 216: Intercultural Communication. In the spring, I am scheduled to teach COMM 750, a special topics course, as well as a “methods skinny” in focus group research.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am the principal investigator for two grants. I am finishing up a grant from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in Year 3 of a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Through my work with the NCFPD, I am collaborating on a number of projects developing risk messages for diverse cultural groups. The USDA project involves establishing and maintaining a culture-centered infrastructure on the Standing Rock Reservation as part of a renewal project focusing on the land, beef production and people. In addition to these major projects, my established research agenda in forensics training and pedagogy remains an area of interest; this year, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers of New York will release a book I co-authored with Michael Bartanen entitled "Forensics in America: A History." The book will be debuted at NCA, with special events surrounding its publication. "Forensics in America" examines critical issues impacting forensics in America during the 20th century. My next project is to finish up an edited book exploring the dialectical tensions inherent in risk communication between decision-makers in an organization and the stakeholders who receive the messages.
I continue with my editorial responsibilities for Communication Studies, a journal sponsored by the Central States Communication Association. While my official term runs from 2013-2015, I have been the editor in chief since Jan. 1, 2012. The responsibility is daunting but exhilarating. I continue to be actively involved in Lions Clubs International leadership activities locally and across the central North American continent, and I am the campus adviser for the NDSU Lions Club.