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

Fall  2019 Schedule

COM 229: Organizational Comm.
COM 495: Seminar in Org. Com.

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


News Blotter


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.


September, 2019 Psychology of Popular Media Culture

When Dr. Jaime Banks asked if I wanted to help with her work on avatars, I jumped at the chance: She's brilliant, her work is cool, and it was a fun collaboration. Here's the frist piece published from that experience, quantitatively assessing the differences in agency between players and their avatars in World of Warcraft. We see ourselves as related-yet-distinct from our avatar; and others' avatars related-yet-distinct from the player; and our avatars related-yet-distinct from each other; and even ourselves and other players related-yet-distinct.  There's a wonderful four-way networked and interdependent relationship we were able to identify and empirically demonstrate, helping to better-understand agency in immersive online worlds/games.


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.


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 presented, From billboards to BBSs: Revisiting the old and exploring the new in computer-mediated communication. Thanks to Dr. T-A-M-M-Y Lin for the kind invitation and for hosting!



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
COM495: Seminar in Organizational Communication

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