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  2020 Schedule

COM 229: Organizational Comm.
COM 418: Seminar in Mediated Com.

Office Hours
Wednesdays: 12:50p - 2:50p


News Blotter


February, 2020 Qualitative Research Reports in Communication

How socially demanding is it to interact with someone online rather than offline? That's the question Dr. Jamie Banks and I set out to explore as we asked people about their experieince interacting with someone else's avatar via their own in an online game. Though gamers interact this way frequently, we find the social demand is very complex, requiring several cognitive schema.


January, 2020 First Monday

As we now have more means of providing one-click cues in social media (e.g., Facebook Reactions rather than just Likes), new work by Dr. Erin M. Sumner, Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes, myself, and Dr. Donghee 'Yvette' Wohn finds that not all one-click cues are sent or inferred equally. "Likes" are still sent/received more litrerally than Reactions; but Reactions are perceived as more deliberate and less automatic (perhaps because there's an extra step involved in sending them).


November, 2019 Communication Research Reports

Job seekers have more tools to search for information about employers these days, but also more potential concern over the fidelity of claims about an employer online. This study looked at how individuals judged online claims about an employer and effects on intent to apply for jobs. For positive claims, as claims were perceived to be less manipulatable by the organization, the employer was perceived as more attractive; but employer perceptions remained relatively stable when presented with negative claims.


October, 2019 Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

For older adults, getting online can be challenging for several reasons: Seeing the value, interface challenges, and learning new systems. In an interdisciplinary project with the amazing Dr. Jennine Harvey-Northrop, we have been developing and testing a training program to help get older adults (65+) onto Twitter. Our first paper in this line addresses the effectiveness and challenges of the program's administration, both for participants and for the graduate clinicians who've been helping us.



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 computer-mediated communication as it converges organizational and interpersonal phenomena, 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: Seminar in Mediated Communication

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