Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes Emeritus Director

309 Sprau Tower
(269) 387-3130

Education: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Areas of Expertise: Organizational communication, communication training and development, listening

Teaching Philosophy

I love teaching. I teach courses in listening, communication theory and research, small group decision making, and organizational communication at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. I believe that theory and research are important components of any academic program, but I've found that students respond more positively to these two components if they understand how to apply theory and research. Whenever possible I try to make my classes interactive and applied.

Research Interests

Over the years, I have written numerous articles, book chapters, and conference papers on topics related to listening, small group decision-making, leadership, effective interpersonal communication, and organizational communication. Most of my recent research has been conducted in the area of communication and sexual harassment. I collaborate in this area with Dr. Joann Keyton from The University of Memphis.

My Current Research

Keyton, J., & Rhodes, S.C. (1999). Organizational sexual harassment: Translating Research into Application. Journal of Applied Communication Research, special issue, 27, 158-173 (juried).

Rhodes, S.C. (2000). Organizational Change and Employee Dissatisfaction: A Case for Effective Listening. Manuscript submitted to Management Communication Quarterly.

I also serve as the editor for the International Journal of Listening.

Professional Activities

I serve as a consultant to a variety of organizations--ranging from small, local volunteer groups to Fortune 500 companies. Selected clients include: Whirlpool, Nippondenso, State Farm Insurance Company, and Battle Creek Health Systems.

My Life Outside the University

I am originally from Colorado. Ann and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary in March 2002. Ann is the Associate Budget Director at Michigan State University. We live in Marshall and enjoy home renovations, gardening, and running.


School of Communication
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5318 USA
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