Dr. Stephenson Beck
Director of Graduate Studies
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Office: Minard 338-D4
Phone: (701) 231-9770
Spring 2014 office hours: 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, and by appointment.
I joined the NDSU 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 turning my interests to group and organizational communication during my master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My research focuses on social interaction, communication strategy, macrocognition, and relational communication in groups. I primarily work with groups in natural contexts, including breast cancer support groups, nonprofit boards, first responders teams, juries, city councils, 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.
I primarily teach group and organizational communication classes (i.e., conflict, decision making, strategy) and methods classes. This fall I am teaching COMM 316: Conflict Communication and COMM 715: Theories of Small Group Communiction. I will teach COMM 315: Small Group Communication and COMM 482: Organizational Communication II in the spring.