"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

Fall 2013 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11-12:45, and by appointment.

Fall 2013 Classes

COMM 208: Introduction to the Communication Discipline, Part II (Mondays & Wednesdays 10-10:53, plus additional online instruction)

COMM 303: Organizational Communication (online)

COMM 310: Interpersonal Communication (Mondays & Wednesdays 1-1:53, plus additional online instruction)

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.