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 2019 Schedule

COM 229: Organizational Comm.
COM 318: Social Dynamics of ComTech

Office Hours
Wednesdays: 12:10p - 2:10p


News Blotter


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.


September, 2018 Social Media + Society

What happens when you post a Facebook or Twitter update; only to find out the next day that nobody has "Liked" it? New work, led by Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes, with myself and Dr. Eric Wesselann), looked at perceptions of social exclusion that stem from an absence of paralinguistic one-click feedback to social media posts. Findings indicate we feel left out or isolated when we don't receive feedback (e.g., Likes, +1s); but specifically when we don't get that feedback from specific people in our network. Even with 100 Likes, you may feel left out if a particular friend didn't Like your post. Check out the newest in our line of "Liking" research, thanks to open-access with SM+S.


May, 2018 ICA - 2018

Thanks to the many of you who made #ICA18 a tremendous experience, and the highlight of my academic year. I had the chance to present two papers; and was a coauthor on a third (led by Dr. Katy Pearce, and coauthored by Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes and Dr. Jessica Vitak). ICA is an invaluable time to catch up with international colleagues, collaborate, and plot out the next few years of a research agenda; and this year was no different. Thanks to the many of you I had a chance to share time with; and apologies to those of you whom we just kept crossing paths. We'll do better in Washington D.C.



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
COM318: Social Dynamics of Communication Technologies

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