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steven beebe


Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor
Past President, National Communication Association

B.S.Ed. & M.A. Central Missouri State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia

Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Communication Training and Development, Instructional Communication

Office: Centennial Hall 312
Phone: 512.245.2165

About Dr. Beebe

Dr. Steven A. Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies. He served as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies for 28 years and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for 25 years. Dr. Beebe has been a Visiting Scholar at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He teaches courses that focus on communication skill development and instructional communication including small group communication and communication training and development. He also teaches a course, both at Texas State and Oxford University, titled C. S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator inspired by a manuscript he discovered that was the partial opening chapter of a book that was to be co-authored with J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis called Language and Human Nature.

Dr. Beebe is author and co-author of 12 books (with multiple editions totaling more than 70 books) that have been used at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world, including Russian and Chinese editions. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 published articles and book chapters, plus over 150 papers and presentations at professional conferences. Steve’s research, with a focus on instructional communication, has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, Human Communication, Communication Research Reports, and several Russian language academic journals.

In 2013 Dr. Beebe served as President of the National Communication Association (NCA), the largest professional communication association in the world. He is a founding member of the Russian Communication Association and co-director of the first Russian Communication Association conference in Pyatigorsk, Russia. He is in demand as a communication consultant, trainer, and speaker listing such clients as IBM, 3M, American Express, U. S. Air Force, Prentice-Hall, Pearson, the U.S. Department of Education and many state agencies including the Governor of Texas Executive Development Program. He received The President’s Award for Excellence in Research and the President’s Award for Excellence in Service at Texas State—the university’s highest research and service awards. Dr. Beebe has received teaching awards at each university at which he has taught including being named Honors Professor of the Year at Texas State. His alma mater, the University of Central Missouri, selected him, along with his wife, co-author and best friend Sue, as Distinguished Alumni for 2010. The National Speaker’s Association has named him Outstanding Communication Professor in America.