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Robert T. CRAIG
(University of Colorado, USA)

Robert T. CraigBrief introduction:

Robert T. Craig is Professor of Communication, University of Colorado at Boulder, where he has been on the faculty since 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Communication for 2001-2004. His academic degrees are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA, 1969), and Michigan State University (MA, 1970 and Ph.D., 1976). Previous faculty appointments have been at Temple University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Penn State, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the American University of Beirut.

Craig's research and teaching have addressed a range of topics in communication theory and discourse analysis, including cognitive processes, conversational coherence, goals and strategies in discourse, argumentation, the philosophy and methodology of communication as a practical discipline, and the intellectual structure of communication theory as a field. His article, "Communication Theory as A Field" (1999) received both the International Communication Association's Best Article Award and the National Communication Association's Golden Anniversary Monograph Award in 2000. He is currently writing a book on communication theory (forthcoming from Blackwell) and preparing an anthology of readings in communication theory (forthcoming from Sage).

Craig's professional activities have included many conference presentations and invited lectures, participation on the editorial boards of scholarly journals and book series, and service to academic institutions and professional organizations in various roles. He was founding editor of Communication Theory, a journal of the International Communication Association (ICA) that began publication in 1991. He was president of the International Communication Association for 2003-2004 and program chair for ICA's 2003 annual conference. He currently serves on the ICA Executive Committee and as series editor for the ICA-LEA Handbook Series. He also edits discourses | theory communication, an independent scholarly website on communication theory .


Birth: Rochester, New York, May 10, 1947

Citizenship: USA

Work address: Department of Communication, University of Colorado, Hellems 84,
270 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0270

Telephones: Office: (303) 492-6498; Office Fax: (303) 492-8411

E-mail: Robert.Craig@Colorado.EDU

World Wide Web:

Ph.D. in Communication, Michigan State University, 1976
M.A. in Communication, Michigan State University, 1970
B.A. in Speech, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1969


1990 - University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Communication; Professor (2001-present), Department Chair (2001-2005); Associate Chair for Graduate Studies (1999-2001); Associate Professor with tenure (1990-2001)

1981-1990 - Temple University, Department of Rhetoric and Communication (Speech before 1988); Associate Professor with tenure (1984); Assistant Professor (1981)

1979-1981 - University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Department of Communication and Theatre; Assistant Professor

1978 (Spring) - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Communication Arts; Visiting Assistant Professor

1975-1979 - Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Department of Speech Communication; Assistant Professor

1973 (Spring) - American University of Beirut, Mass Communication Program; Visiting Assistant Professor

1969-1970, 1972-1975 - Michigan State University, Department of Communication; Graduate Assistant


  • President, International Communication Association, 2003-2004
  • Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, National Communication Association, 2000
  • Best Article Award, International Communication Association, 2000
  • Finalist (one of top three professors in class size category) for Teaching Recognition Award, Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR), Spring, 2000
  • "Top Three" paper award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, 1999
  • "Top Three" paper award, Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division, National Communication Association, 1997
  • Research Leave, Temple University, Spring 1988
  • Merit Awards, Temple University, 1984, 1985, 1987
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 1980
  • Liberal Arts Research Funding, Pennsylvania State Univ., 1977
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1970
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1969
  • National Merit Scholar, 1965-1969


  • "A path through the methodological divides." Article under consideration for KEIO Communication Review. (Manuscript submitted)
  • "Studying Interaction in order to cultivate communicative practices: Action-implicative discourse analysis" (with K. Tracy). Chapter to appear in C. L. Prevignano & P. J. Thibault (eds.), Interaction analysis: Discussing the state-of-the-art. John Benjamins. (Manuscript submitted)
  • "Practical theory." (with K. Barge). Chapter to appear in L. Frey & K. Cissna (eds.) Handbook of applied communication research. (Manuscript in progress.)
  • Communication theory as a field: Essential readings (co-edited with Heidi Muller; anthology with notes and introduction; under contract with Sage Publications and in progress)
  • Invitation to communication theory (book manuscript in progress; under contract with Blackwell Publishers and in progress)
  • Communication as a practical discipline (book manuscript in progress)


Graduate Courses Taught

University of Colorado:

  • Seminar: Communication as a Social Practice (Spring 1998)
  • Seminar: Communication Theory (Spring 1997; Spring 1999; Spring 2000; Fall 2001; Fall 2002; Fall 2003; Fall 2004)
  • Communication Research and Theory I (overview of theories and research areas) (Fall 1992; Fall 1994; Fall 1995; Fall 1999, Fall 2000)
  • Communication Research and Theory IV (philosophies of inquiry) (Spring 1992; Spring 1994)


  • Communication Theory
  • Computer Applications (text processing)
  • Conversational Discourse
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Message Analysis
  • Methods of Communication Research
  • Naturalistic Research Methods

Undergraduate Courses Taught

University of Colorado:

  • Functions: Communication Theory (senior seminar) (Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005)
  • Human Communication Theory (lecture-recitation format) (Fall 1990; two sections, Fall 1991; Spring 1993 - Spring 1999 (every semester except Fall 1996).
  • Current Issues in Communication and Society (critical thinking seminar) (Fall 1993; Spring 1995; Spring 1996; Fall 1997; Fall 1998; Fall 1999; Fall 2000)
  • Functions of Conversation (senior seminar) (two sections, Spring 1991)


  • Human Communication Theory
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Interviewing
  • Field Research in Communication
  • Language and Thought
  • Persuasion
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Small Group Communication/Leadership

Theses and Dissertations Directed

  • Janet Evans, M.A., University of Colorado, 2003
  • Heidi Muller, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2002
  • Jessica Wade, M.A., University of Colorado, 2002
  • Noelle Oberg, B.A. honors thesis, University of Colorado, 2001
  • Lecia J. Barker, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1998
  • Sharon E. Cairns, M.A., University of Colorado, 1995
  • Christopher Beard, M.A., University of Colorado, 1995
  • Marcus Frakes, B.A. honors thesis, University of Colorado, 1995
  • Frances Spisak, Ph.D., Temple University, 1992
  • Paula J. Welldon, Ph.D., Temple University, 1990
  • Kyuchul Yang, Ph.D., Temple University, 1987
  • James Chi Min Liu, M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, 1981.
  • Andrew M. Feldstein, M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • Judith N. Martin, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • Armand Santoro, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • Janice Walker Anderson, M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1979


Organizational Memberships

  • American Association of University Professors
  • International Communication Association
  • International Society for the Study of Argumentation
  • National Communication Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Rocky Mountain Communication Association
  • Western States Communication Association

Publications and professional activities

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