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Keri Stephens

Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies





CMA 7.136C

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Dr. Keri K. Stephens’ research and teaching interests bring an organizational perspective to understanding how people interact with communication technologies, and she focuses on contexts of crisis, emergency, disaster, workplaces, and healthcare.  She is an Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin,) in the Organizational and Communication Technology Group in Communication Studies, a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Health & Social Policy in the LBJ School of Public Policy, and a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Health Communication.

Her most recent book, Negotiating Control: Organizations and Mobile Communication (Oxford University Press), provides a longitudinal perspective on how mobile communication has expanded at work. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on an NSF Grant studying how people posted “Calls for Help” on social media during Hurricane Harvey.  She has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in outlets such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Communication Theory, Health Communication, Human Communication Research, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 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 20 top paper panel awards at conferences, and published with 45 different graduate students, 14 distinct undergraduate students, and 7 industry co-authors. 

Stephens is currently an Associate Editor with Management Communication Quarterly, a former Secretary of the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association and a past Co-Chair of the Training & Development Division of the National Communication Association.

Stephens currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Organizational Communication, Communication Technologies, Health, Safety, and Technology in Organizations, Communicating to Build Sales Relationships, and Communication Studies Internships.  In 2016 she received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award and she also received the Eyes of Texas Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2013.  In the fall of 2018 she will inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin.