Caleb T. Carr, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication












Contact Information


453 Fell Hall, Box 4480
Illinois State University
610 S. University Ave.
Normal, IL 61790-4480  USA

E-Mail: ctcarr at ilstu dot edu
Twitter: @CalebTCarrPhD
(o) +1 309.438.7056
(f) +1 309.438.3048

Spring  2022 Schedule

COM229: Org. Comm.
COM418: Found. of Mediated Comm.

Office Hours
Ws: 12:50p - 2:50p
Zoom:945 6724 9125


News Blotter


April, 2022 Journal of Popular Culture Studies

Comics are increasingly known by their crossovers and team-ups. But what makes for effective team players in a universe of Celestials and Omega-mutants? This social network analysis of team structures in the Marvel Comic Universe reveals some interesting insights into the thousands of collaborations that have occurred in its panels, and identifies (and explains) some of the unlikely superheros (and supervillians) who have teamed up the most. Make mine Marvel!


November, 2021 Journal of Media Psychology

We finally have a theory of identity shift! This amazing, multi-institutional collaboration with Yeweon Kim, Jacob Valov, Dr. Judith Rosenbaum, Dr. Benjamin Johnson, Dr. Jeff Hancock, and Dr. Amy Gonzales explicates a theory of a construct I've liked working with since Amy and Jeff put it forward:identity shift. Our newly-articulated theory draws on empirical findings to create a theory of how mediated selective self-presentation results in self-transformation.


October, 2021 Communication Reports

Can we tell when an employee isn't fully accurate in their review of an employer? New results from a study with Dr. Cameron Piercy suggests linguistics of employer reviews alone aren't enough to tell. We asked workers to write a review of their employer and then tell us how much they liked their job using both scales and starts. Differences between their internal views and external claims were compared against the lingusitics of their reviews; but few linguistic markers were found.


Summer, 2021 CMC Textbook

A long while in the making, you can now pre-order Computer-mediated communication, my new textbook for undergraduate scholars, is now available. The book focuses on both theories and applications of mediated communication, presenting classic theories in contemporary environments. Chapters address interpersonal, group, organizational, and political communication online, as well as social media, CMC for education and persuasion, and other contemporary topics. Instructor supplements forthcoming, including test bank and sample assignments.



A Little About Caleb


Born at an early age just outside Flint, Michigan, Caleb T. Carr is a 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: Foundations of Mediated Communication

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