Dr. Keri K. Stephens is an Associate Professor in Organizational Communication & Technology and a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research program explores the interplay of communication and technologies by examining organizational practices and organizing processes, especially in contexts of crisis, disaster, and health.
Her two most recent books are New Media in Times of Crisis (2019, Routledge), and Negotiating Control: Organizations and Mobile Communication (2018, Oxford University Press). She has authored over 80 articles appearing in top research journals, proceedings, and books, in outlets such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Communication Theory, Health Communication, Human Communication Research, International Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Conference, Journal of Business Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Public Relations Research, and Management Communication Quarterly. She has received 22 top paper panel awards at conferences, and published with 49 different graduate students, 15 distinct undergraduate students, and 8 industry co-authors.
Her Hurricane Harvey and social media research was funded by the National Science Foundation (Stephens was the PI), and she has given a TEDxTalk, and a podcast on that research. She is currently the PI on a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project, and her team just completed data analysis for one of the first community-wide wildfire drills in the U.S. She is an Associate Editor with Management Communication Quarterly, and is the vice-chair for the Mobile Communication Group of the International Communication Association.
Stephens currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Organizational Communication, Communication Technologies, Grant Writing, Communicating to Build Sales Relationships, and Communication Studies Internships. In the fall of 2018 she was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin and she currently serves as the Secretary of that organization. She has also the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, the CommSCG Professor of the Year, and the Eyes of Texas Teaching and Mentoring Award.