Dr. Robert Littlefield
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Office: Ehly 202
Phone: (701) 231-7783
This is my 34th 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 785: Advanced Crisis Communication and Public Relations and COMM 216: Intercultural Communication. In the spring, I am scheduled to teach COMM 486, a course in risk communication.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am the Principal Investigator for two grants. I am in Year 3 of a 3-year grant from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and in Year 2 of a 5-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; and I also am co-authoring a book examining critical issues impacting forensics in America during the 20th Century and a textbook on teaching methods for students preparing to teach at the secondary level.
I have assumed the editorial responsibilities for Communication Studies, a national journal sponsored by the Central States Communication Association. While my official term runs from 2013-2015, I have been the editor in chief since January 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 am the campus advisor for the NDSU Lions Club.