Dr. Robert Littlefield
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Office: Minard 338-B16
Phone: (701) 231-7783
Since starting as a graduate student in 1977, this year marks the start of my 38th 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.
I teach courses in risk and crisis communication, and intercultural communication. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am the principal investigator for a grant sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture that 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.
Several of my current and a former graduate student completed a textbook reader to use with the COMM 216 course. The text is entitled Intercultural Competence: Learning, Communicating, and Serving, and will complement a new format being used this fall for the first time. In addition, along with a former colleague and several current and former graduate students, I am editing a book to be published in 2015 that explores the dialectical tensions inherent in risk communication between decision-makers in an organization and the stakeholders who receive the messages.
I will complete my third year as editor of Communication Studies, a journal sponsored by the Central States Communication Association. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to serve the association and discipline. I continue to be actively involved in Lions Clubs International leadership activities and was elected to serve as one of 34 International Directors for 2014-2016. This will be a wonderful opportunity to apply the intercultural communication and public relations concepts that I have been teaching.