Caleb T. Carr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication












Contact Information


453 Fell Hall, Illinois State University
Campus Box 4480, 610 S. University Ave.
Normal, IL 61790 USA

E-Mail: ctcarr at ilstu dot edu
Twitter: @CalebTCarrPhD
(o) +1 309.438.7056
(f) +1 309.438.3048

Spring 2018 Schedule

COM 229: Organizational Comm.
COM 418: Mediated Comm.
Office Hours (Spring 2018)
Wednedays: 12:00p - 2:00p


News Blotter


March, 2018 New Media & Society

Our articulation of the Masspersonal Communication Model. For at least two decades, communication scholars have lamented the intradisiciplinary chasm between interpersonal and mass communication. The concept of masspersonal communication bridges this historic divide, identifying messages that are personalized yet accessible. Particularly in social media, masspersonal communication reflects a convergence of previously-siloed thinking. Championed by Dr. Patrick O'Sullivan, he kindly let me tag along on this one.


February, 2018 Communication Research Reports

What makes a social media post "successful?" findings from a survey of college student Facebook users indicate social comparison (how many we see comparable others receive) and reciprocity norms (those who Like more expect more Likes in return) guide perceptions of successful self-presentation. The fifth in our growing collaboration we lovingly refer to as "the Liking Studies," with the amazing Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes and Dr. Erin M. Sumner (nee Bryant).


September, 2017 Journal of Social Psychology

For decades it was thought the mere disclosure of one's religion enhanced perceptions of a speaker. New research revisits this assumption through a social identity lens. Findings reveal that it is not the mere disclosure of one's religion, but rather the congruence between the discloser's and target's religious beliefs that predicts attributions of professionalism in a business context. Now out in the Journal of Social Psychology.


July, 2017 Management Communication Quarterly

Why would a voice-over artist feel compelled to include a photo in her/his profile? Such was the guiding question of a recent article in MCQ, exploring the effects of various text- and pictographic-disclosures either related or not related to job tasks on employability within the micro-task service Fiverr. A great piece with some excellent collaborators:
Robbie Hall (now at Nebraska)
Adam Mason (now at Michigan State)
Eric Varney (now at Bradley)



A Little About Caleb


Born at an early age just outside Flint, Michigan, Caleb T. Carr is an Associate Professor of Communication, and sometimes refers to himself in the third person. His research primarily explores the convergence of organizational and interpersonal communication, decision making and the development and presentation of identity online; he also cares about your interests. In addition to scholarly pursuits, he has performed in London’s West End, water skied with alligators, and yodeled in the Alps. His career path has allowed him to pursue his passions of research, teaching, and skiing; though he sometimes restructures those priorities. He takes his cheesesteaks “with.”


A Little More About Caleb's Research


Although he has had training in qualitative analysis and rhetorical criticism, Caleb is epistemologically a quantitative researcher, who typically uses experiments and surveys to answer research questions. His research focuses on how individuals and organizations are blurring the line between personal and professional through technology. As effective lenses through which to explore these issues, Caleb's research has often used online discussions and group decision tasks, the popular online multiplayer game World of Warcraft, and online communities in his experiments. In survey research, interesting data is often authored from human resource practitioners and managers in organizations.

Curriculum Vitae
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Yet More About Caleb's Teaching


Though an avid and involved researcher, Caleb also enjoys teaching, particularly the opportunity to take material from the lab straight into the classroom to keep students abreast of the latest developments in their discipline. Caleb has taught many courses in several departments to an equally diverse array of students. With teaching experience in Business, Communication, and Telecommunication, he has taught to both traditional (i.e., undergraduates living on-campus) and non-traditional (i.e., returning, older, and telecommuter) students in both on-ground and online courses.

Current Schedule
COM229: Foundations of Organizational Communication
COM418: Foundations of Mediated Communication (Masspersonal)

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