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Theresa Castor
Biography
Theresa Castor conducts research on organizational decision-making, focusing on crisis and problem situations in meetings and governance groups. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1999 with a PhD in Speech Communication.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

Her teaching areas include Organizational Communication, Crisis Communication, Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Language in Human Communication, Communication Theory and Research.

Research Interests

Dr. Castor's research work examines discourse in meetings and organizational and group decision-making. She has studied nonprofit boards, school boards, university governance, public community development meetings, and student discussion groups. In addition to her work on decision-making, she has also written on communication and social constructionism. Her work has been published in Management Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Business Communication, Discourse Studies, Communication Yearbook, the International Journal of Public Participation, and the Electronic Journal of Communication.

Consulting Interests

Publications
Selected Publications

2017: Legislating the Great Lakes: Socially constructing water through congressional discourse, Routledge (143-154 pp.)

2017: Metacommunication, International Communication Association and Wiley-Blackwell (10 pp.)

2017: Ambiguity, International Communication Association and Wiley-Blackwell (11 pp.)

2017: Sustainability and Textual Extensions of Institutional Discourse: Testing the Great Lakes Compact, Critical Sociology (36 pp.)

2016: Discursively constructing the Great Lakes freshwater, Purdue University

2016: The materiality of discourse: Relational positioning in a fresh water controversy, Communication Research and Practice (334-550 pp.)

2016: The LOCs and the shift to student-centered learning, Communication Education (493-495 pp.)

2016: Metacommunication during Disaster Response: ‘Reporting’ and the Constitution of Problems in Hurricane Katrina Teleconferences. , Management Communication Quarterly (472-502 pp.)

2015: Accusatory Discourse, International Communication Association and Wiley-Blackwell (20-24 pp.)

2013: Learning by the “Seat of Your Pants”: The Socialization of Nonprofit Board Members, Peter Lang (85-104 pp.)

2010: Disasters as social interaction, Communication Currents (1 pp.)

2009: What are We Going to “talk about” in this Public “meeting”?: An Examination of Talk about Communication In the North Omaha Development Project (Available online: http://www.iap2.org/associations/4748/files/Journal_10January_LeighterCastor.pdf), International Journal of Public Participation (57-75 pp.)

2009: 'It’s just a process': Questioning in the Construction of a University Crisis, Discourse Studies (179-197 pp.)

2009: Tracing our steps through communication social construction: Six propositions for how to go on, Socially Constructing Communication (225-243 pp.)

2009: Why Wiki?: Using Wiki Software as a Resource for Language and Social Interaction (Available online: http://www.cios.org/getfile/V19123_EJC), Electronic Journal of Communication (35 pp.)

2008: Public Meetings, International Communication Association (2 pp.)

2008: Social construction in communication: Revisiting the conversation , Communication Yearbook (3-39 pp.)

2008: Students’ Metaphors as Descriptors of Effective and Ineffective Learning Experiences, Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (103-128 pp.)

2007: Language use during school board meetings: Understanding controversies of and about communication, Journal of Business Communication (111-136 pp.)

2006: Organizations as hybrid forms of life: The implications of the selection of agency in problem-formulation, Management Communication Quarterly (570-600 pp.)

2004: Capstone as Stepping Stone, Communication Teacher (4 pp.)

Selected Awards & Honors

Research/Creative Awards

2015: This project takes up the issue of the role of time and timing in the communicative constitution of organizations (CCO) by drawing from Bakhtin’s (1991) concept of responsiveness. When CCO theorizing has taken up the issue of time, the focus has tended to be oriented toward the past and articulating how the past is brought into the present. I advocate for a dual focus by including responsiveness to an anticipated future as an aspect of how organizations are communicatively constituted. The case of the state of Georgia leadership’s response to a late January 2014 winter storm is examined., Top Interactive Display, Organizational Communication Division/International Communication Association
2014: My co-authored chapter (with Mary Jo Jiter), "Learning by the 'seat of your pants': The socialization of nonprofit board members," was one of the chapters in the award-winning edited book, "Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts" edited by M. Kramer, L. Gossett, & L. Lewis , published by Peter Lang., Distinguished Edited Book Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association
2014: The co-authored paper, "Metacommunication during Disaster Response: ‘Reporting’ and the Constitution of Problems in Hurricane Katrina Teleconferences," received the Top Paper award from the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association. , Top Paper in Organizational Communication, Organizational Communication Division, International Communication Association
Key Service Activities

University Service

2015: Committee Member - HLC-Student Learning Outcomes Group
2014: Committee Chair - Academic Achievement Assessment Committee
2013: Committee Chair - Self-Study Criterion 4 Committee
2012: Workshop Organizer - Assessment Workshop
2012: Workshop Organizer - Assessment Workshop
2012: Program Organizer - UW-Parkside Liberal Education Essay Contest Organizer
2011: Committee Chair - Committee on Teaching and Learning

Professional Service

: Editorial Review Board Member - Management Communication Quarterly
2015: Board of Directors of a Company - International Communication Association
2014: Program Organizer - Language and Social Interaction Division, ICA
2013: Program Organizer - Language and Social Interaction Division, ICA
2013: Officer, Other Officer - Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association.
2012: Editorial Review Board Member - Women's Studies in Communication

UW System Service

: Committee Member - System Advisory Group for the Liberal Arts
Courses Taught

Spring 2018

COMM 340 HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 480 PRACTICUM IN ORGANIZATNL COMM:
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Fall 2017

COMM 493 CAPSTONE-HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 208 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE II
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Summer 2017

COMM 335 LANGUAGE IN HUMAN COMM

Spring 2017

COMM 340 HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 208 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE II
COMM 480 PRACTICUM IN ORGANIZATNL COMM:
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Fall 2016

COMM 493 CAPSTONE-HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 295 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Spring 2016

COMM 340 HEALTH COMMUNICATION
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 335 LANGUAGE IN HUMAN COMM

Fall 2015

COMM 107 COMM & HUMAN CONDITION (DV)
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 208 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE II
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Summer 2015

COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I

Spring 2015

COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 335 LANGUAGE IN HUMAN COMM
COMM 480 PRACTICUM IN ORGANIZATNL COMM:

Fall 2014

COMM 107 COMM & HUMAN CONDITION (DV)
COMM 494 COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 208 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE II
COMM 208 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE II
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
COMM 303 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Summer 2014

COMM 494 COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
COMM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I

Spring 2014

COMM 107 COMM & HUMAN CONDITION (DV)
COMM 207 INTRO TO COMM DISCIPLINE I
COMM 480 PRACTICUM IN ORGANIZATNL COMM:

Winterim 2014

COMM 202 GROUP COMMUNICATION

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