"A scholar is committed to building on knowledge that others have gathered, correcting it, confirming it, enlarging it. "
Parker J. Palmer

Dr. Theresa Castor

Communication Department
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141-2000

Theresa Castor is an Associate Professor of Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington, and her M.A. and B.A.S. degrees from the University of California-Davis. Her research areas include Organizational Communication, Organizational Decision-Making, Disaster and Crisis Communication, Social Constructionism, and Discourse Analysis. She examines how organizations make decisions during organizational problems and crises. Her current research focuses on disaster decision-making during extreme weather events. She has published in Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business Communication, Communication Yearbook, International Journal of Public Participation, Electronic Journal of Communication, and the International Encyclopedia of Communication. She is currently the Chair of the Language and Social Interaction division of the International Communication Association, and is a member of the editorial review board of Management Communication Quarterly. Her teaching pedagogical interests include developing innovative practices in technology use for online and hybrid teaching. She is currently a team member of the National Communication Associations Learning Outcomes in Communication project which is working towards developing disciplinary Communication learning outcomes and mapping Communication Career Pathways.


Fall 2014 Classes

Fall 2014 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10-10:50, 12-12:50, and by appointment.

COMM 208-001: Introduction to the Communication Discipline, Part II (Mondays & Wednesdays 1-1:53, plus additional online instruction)

COMM 208-002: Introduction to the Communication Discipline, Part II (online)

COMM 303-001: Organizational Communication (online)

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2007-present
Director of Assessment, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2012-2013
Assistant Professor, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2001-2007
Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 2000
Visiting Instructor, Theatre and Speech, The College of William and Mary, 1998-2000
Visiting Instructor, Communication, Wake Forest University, 1997-1998

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy, Speech Communication, University of Washington, 1999
Master of Arts, Rhetoric and Communication, University of California-Davis, 1993
Bachelor of Arts and Science, Rhetoric and Communication, Biochemistry, University of California-Davis, 1997

Research and Teaching Interests

• Organizational Communication: Decision-Making, Meetings, Governance, Nonprofit Boards
• Language and Social Interaction: Discourse Analysis, Metacommunication, Account Analysis
• Social Constructionism

Sample Publications

Castor, T., & Jiter, M.J. (2013). Learning by the “seat of your pants”:  The socialization of nonprofit board members. In M. Kramer, L. Gossett, & L. Lewis (Eds.), Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts. New York: Peter Lang.

Bartesaghi, M., & Castor, T. (2010). Disasters as social interaction. Communication Currents 5, 6. Available online at http://www.natcom.org/CommCurrentsArticle.aspx?id=2147483915 

Castor, T. (2009). ‘It’s just a process’: Questioning in the construction of a university crisis. Discourse Studies, 11 (2), 179-197.

Castor, T., Kim, S.H., & Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2009). Why wiki?: Using wiki software as a resource for language and social interaction. Electronic Journal of Communication. Available online: http://www.cios.org/getfile/V19123_EJC

Bartesaghi, M., & Castor, T. (2008). Social construction in communication: Revisiting the conversation. In C. Beck (ed.), Communication Yearbook 32 (pp. 3-39). New York: Routledge.

Castor, T. R. (2007). Language use during school board meetings: Understanding controversies of and about communication.  Journal of Business Communication, 44, 111-136.

Castor, T. R., & Cooren, F. (2006). Organizations as hybrid forms of life: The implications of the selection of human and non-human agents in problem-formulation. Management Communication Quarterly, 19, 570-600.

Castor, T. R. (2005). Constructing social reality in organizational decision-making: Account vocabularies in a diversity discussion. Management Communication Quarterly, 18, 479-508.

Castor, T. R. (2005). Their grades are higher, but are they learning?: Examining the impact of cooperative testing on individual learning. MountainRise, 2 (2). Available online at http://mountainrise.wcu.edu/index.php/MtnRise/article/view/64

Castor, T. R. (2004). Making student thinking visible by examining discussion during group testing. In M. V. Achacoso, & M.S. Svinicki (Eds.), New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Issue 100: Alternative Strategies for Evaluating Student Learning (pp. 95-99). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.