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

Summer  2020 Schedule

COM 229: Organizational Comm.

Office Hours
Skype, by appointment


News Blotter


May, 2020 Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising

Should brands be worried when their advocates and supporters see or create negative claims about a competitor? New research led by Dr. Rebecca A. Hayes and me suggests not. For those not strongly for the brand, such snark doesn't have much of an effect; but for brand loyalists, such snark engages schadenfreude and can actually increase brand identification.


March, 2020 Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

When everything--from your watch to your refridgerator--is a "computer,' just what is computer-mediated communication? I had the great chance to attempt to answer this question in a contribution to the "CMC Today and Tomorrow" special issue of JCMC. In it, I stake a claim that moving forward, CMC should focus less on the 'computer' and more on the processes& effects of the mediation of human communication, articulating what changes when interaction is mediated and what features of the channel influence that change.


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 experience 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 literally than Reactions; but Reactions are perceived as more deliberate and less automatic (perhaps because there's an extra step involved in sending them).



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

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