Steve P StogsdillDept Head: Communication; Associate Professor of Communication Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts
- Ph.D., Organization Communication, Texas A&M University, 2009
- Master of Arts, Communication, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
- Master of Arts, Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
- Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies, Hannibal-LaGrange College, 1989
God has a sense of humor, and irony. I didn’t set out to be a college professor. In fact, I didn’t even want to go to college. Then three years out of high school God told me to go. Now I’m in my 3rd decade teaching Communication to college students. I even earned a PhD during the past 23 years. I think I’ve listened to more than 10,000 student speeches so far. Pretty amazing for a guy who didn’t want to go to college. But I love it. It’s my calling. It’s one of the ways God has given me to do ministry.
I started teaching Speech classes part-time in 1995 at a small Baptist college in Missouri. Nine years later I began to work on my doctorate in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M and graduated from there in 2009. I’ve taught 24 different Communication courses so far in my career. At HSU I currently teach Intro to Speech, Organizational Communication, Media Campaigns, and Computers in Communication.
I am a member of the online professional community, American Communication Association (ACA). I have served as a book reviewer for a new communication’s textbook and reviewed a paper submission for the ACA Communication Journal. I have also presented a paper on Perceptions of Power in Organizations at SSCA in 2011, and at an ACA conference in 2013 I presented a paper on a Dimensional Framework of Power in organizations, facilitated a round-table discussion group, and presented another paper which was later published by the American Communication Journal about FDR’s Victor-in-Waiting strategy during his first presidential campaign. In 2016 I was able to spend a summer on sabbatical, traveling the country learning the latest trends in Communication journalism, social media, and education. Much of this experience influenced our reorganization of the department with our new Strategic Communication degree and its emphasis on the use of social media in organizations.
I like to build things from just about any kind of material: from making things out of cardboard with my kids, to home remodeling projects, to woodworking and painting murals, to remodeling a 1966 Airstream camper. I love movies, playing with my kids, reading books with my wife, grilling burgers with friends, and watching sunsets.
I love God, my family, teaching young people, serving in our church, doing mission projects in Texas and mission trips in the Dominican Republic. I’ve worked warehouses, worked with 12-step patients, Ropes courses, construction, and have worked cattle too. I’m an ordained minister and occasional preacher. And I love working with the fantastic faculty in the Department of Communication at HSU.