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Dr. Steven A. Beebe

Steven Beebe

Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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

Phone: 512.245.2165

About Dr. Beebe

Dr. Steven A. Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies. During Dr. Beebe’s 33 years at Texas State he served as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies for 28 years and concurrently as 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 taught courses focusing on communication skill development and instructional communication including small group communication and communication training and development. He also taught a course, both at Texas State and Oxford University, titled C. S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator. He made international headlines when conducting research at Oxford University when he discovered an unpublished manuscript written by C. S. Lewis that was the partial opening chapter of a book that was to be co-authored with J. R. R. Tolkien called Language and Human Nature.  His C. S. Lewis scholarship is featured in his book C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication.

Dr. Beebe is author and co-author of 14 books (with multiple editions totaling more than 80 books) that have been used at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world, including Russian and Chinese editions, by several million readers. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 published articles and book chapters, plus over 170 papers and presentations at professional conferences. 

In 2013 Dr. Beebe served as President of the National Communication Association (NCA) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NCA Division of Training and Development. 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. 


In 2020, Steve and his wife and frequent co-author Sue, received the “Order of Attainment” from the national debate/forensics honorary Pi Kappa Delta; previous inductees include President Lyndon B. Johnson and Governor Ann Richards. He received The President’s Award for Excellence in Research and twice received 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 and twice receiving the Everett Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award at Texas State.  In 2018 Dr. Beebe was named Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation recognizing him as one of the top ten professors in Texas among all academic disciplines. His alma mater, the University of Central Missouri, selected him, along with his wife Sue, as Distinguished Alumni for 2010. The National Speaker’s Association has named him Outstanding Communication Professor in America.