Caleb T. Carr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication











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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)




Having received an education along US-27 in Michigan (including Alma College, Central Michigan University, and Michigan State University), I emegrated from Micigan to Illinois by way of Oklahoma. Currently an Associate Professor, I best-enjoy teach courses in computer-mediated and organizational communication, and work with diverse undergraduate and graduate students to delve deep into the way communication and communicative technologies change the way individuals learn about and interact with each other. I count myself lucky I have a career to which I look forward to every morning and that supports my other pursuits, including travel.

At both the scholarly and personal levels, I love what I do, and try to dive into each new activity fully. From researching the ways that individuals use technologies to augment and enhance decision making in work groups to sushing the slopes of Colorado's back bowls, I try to find the joy of each experience. Always willing to try new things (from quantitative research to luging), I find much of my life guided by a dogma common among my friends, "Always do, never don't." At ease conducting social network analyses and discussing theoretical implications of research articles as well as touring vineyards and watching Phineas & Ferb with my nephews & niece, colleagues and friends often describe me as eclectic, so I've tried to articulate a bit of me below.




I have taught courses in Communication and Business to a variety of students: residential, nontraditional, and continuing education at several institutions. I have had the opportunity to teach courses in Mediated Communication, Group Communication, Public Speaking, Organizational Communication, Social and Economic Impacts of Telecommunication, Introduction to Media, and International Business; as well as online courses in Interpersonal and Group Communication.

As a researcher, I have a variety of research interests, including the use of technology for communication and decision-making within organizations (my primary focus) and online identity construction and presentation. Trained in a variety of methodologies, I have a preference towards experimental and survey research, especially in online contexts.




Ph.D., Media and Information Studies; Michigan State University

M.A., Interpersonal Communication; Central Michigan University

B.S., International Business Administration; Central Michigan University



I was born and raised just outside of Flint, Michigan. For those of you who have seen Roger and Me, those scenes (both geographical and political) were the daily stage upon which my youth was played out. My family comes from both sides of the union aisle (blue and white collar, almost 50/50), which is probably what drew me to business and communication in the first place.

Though I was born in Michigan, soon into high school I began to take advantage of my new-found passion for travel and did so frequently. Many of my travels brought me to the East Coast, specifically the Garden State, which I consider my second--and real--home. Many of my friends live in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and it's not uncommon for me to come up missing on a Saturday morning, only to be eating a Gino's cheesesteak ("with") by evening.

Beyond my studies and travels, I am also a ravenous thespian, an avid alpine skier, and enjoy lazing away an afternoon with a good book on the shore of a nearby lake. I have a propensity towards books as escapism, and was happy that the release of the final Harry Potter was during a time when losing a day to reading it didn't detract from anything else. Alongside these more pedantic pursuits, I've also had the privileged to perform in a West End (London) theatrical production, water ski in alligator-infested waters, sing in a Parisian cathedral, hit a deer with an airplane, and enjoy combative watertubing.

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