Dr. Stephenson J. Beck
Director of Graduate Studies
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Office: Minard 338-D4
Phone: (701) 231-9770
Fall 2014 office hours: 11 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
This marks my seventh year at NDSU. I joined the communication faculty in 2008 after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. I attended Brigham Young University for my B.A. in broadcast journalism before completing an M.A. in group and organizational communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My research focuses on communication strategy, macrocognition, and relational communication in groups. I primarily work with groups in natural contexts, including breast cancer support groups, nonprofit boards, first responder teams, juries, city councils, data analyst teams, and military teams. My overarching purpose is to understand how individuals strategically adapt messages to accomplish individual and group goals, and to investigate how this influences group process and message perception.
This year is the beginning of my term as Director of Graduate Studies for the department. I enjoy working with graduate students and look forward to my new few years leading the program. We offer both master’s and doctoral degrees, and are fortunate to have strong resources (e.g., faculty, course offerings, assistantships) dedicated to our graduate students. Our graduate programs are thriving, and I encourage students interested in these programs to contact me.
I primarily teach group and organizational communication classes (i.e., conflict, decision making, strategy) and methods classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This fall I am teaching COMM 316: Conflict Communication. I will teach COMM 315: Small Group Communication and COMM 700: Research Methods in Communication in the spring.