Caleb T. Carr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication











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May, 2019 Media Psychology

The latest in my line off work into the process of identity shift is finally out in Media Psychology. New work with Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes explores the effects of selective self-presentation on brand identitfication. Does saying you're a Starbucks fan make you more Starbuck-y? This is crossed with whether you get feedback affirming or refuting your self-claim. Findings indicate feedback effects (a) interact with and (b) are stronger than self-presentational effects.


May, 2019 ICA 2019

Going to be in Washington D.C. for Memorial Day? Stop by the Washington Hilton for #ICA19. I'll be presenting one paper, have my work reflected in three others (including with colleagues Alex Hinck, Dr. Cameron Piercy, and Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes); and be a faculty mentor at this year's CAT/MCIG PhD consortium. The full ICA schedule is here. See you in D.C. for coffee, colleagues, and scholarship!


December, 2018 National Chengchi U - Taiwan

National Chengchi University's College of Communication grasciously invited me to Taiwan to discuss and collaborate on recent innovations in computer-mediated communication. I'll be presenting,From billboards to BBSs: Revisiting the old and xploring the new in computer-mediated communication on Thursday, 13 December. Thanks to Dr. T-A-M-M-Y Lin for the kind invitation and for hosting!


November, 2018 NCA - 2018

As 2,500 communication scholars descend on Salt Lake City this November, and I was happy to present some new thoughts and research (including a great piece driven by Dr. Cameron Piercy). Salt Lake City was a great host conference, and I survived #NCA18 enough to look forward to #NCA19 in Baltimore.




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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