Welcome to the School of Communication.

Professor Stephen Hunt

Professor
Executive Director of the School of Communication
Dir School Of Comm
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • COM 324.Sec 001 Theory And Research In PersuasionDownload Syllabus
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Argumentation and Debate, Communication Assessment, Communication Methodology and Pedagogy, Communication Needs of Students At-Risk, Communication Theory, Freedom of Speech, Instructional Communication, Persuasion, Political Communication, Public Speaking, Special and Diverse Populations

  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • I have published articles on several topics including instructional communication, persuasion, and communication pedagogy. My major research interests include the pedagogy of civic and political engagement, critical thinking, communication skill assessment, and training/mentoring graduate students.

  • Ph D Communication / Communication Education, Instructional Communication - 1998
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Carbondale, IL
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Cognition and Communication: Students' Cognitive Styles and the
  • MA Communication / Communication Education, Instructional Communication - 1994
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Culture and Cognition: The African American Thinker in the
  • BFA Speech Communication - 1992
  • Emporia State University
  • Emporia, KS
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Frey, T. K., Simonds, C. J., Hooker, J., Meyer, K, & Hunt, S. K. (2018). Assessing evaluation fidelity between students and instructors in the basic communication course: The impact of criterion-based speech evaluation training. Basic Communication Course Annual, 30, 2-31.
  • Enskat, A., Hunt, S. K., & Hooker, J. F. (2017). A generational examination of instructional Facebook use and the effects on perceived instructor immediacy, credibility and student affective learning. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 26(4), 545-557. doi: 10.1080/1475939X.2017.1354065

  • Simonds, C. J., Hunt, S. K., & Simonds, B. K. (2017). Communication as critical inquiry. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.
  • Meyer, K. R., & Hunt, S. K. (2017). The lost art of lecturing: Cultivating student listening and notetaking. Communication Education, 66, 239-241. doi:10.1080/03634523.2016.1275719

  • Hunt, S. K., Meyer, K. R., Hooker, J. F., Simonds, C. J., & Lippert, L. R. (2016). Implementing the political engagement project in an introductory communication course: An examination of the effects on students’ political knowledge, efficacy, skills, behavior, and ideology. eJournal of Public Affairs, 5(2), 116-151. doi: 10.21768/ejopa.v5i2.111
  • Hunt, S. K., and Woolard, C. E. (2016). Service learning and innovative pedagogies. In P. L. Witt (Ed.), Handbooks of Communication Science: Vol. 16. Communication and Learning (pp. 527-552). Berlin, Germany: DeGruyter Mouton.
  • Simonds, C. J., & Hunt, S. K. (2016). The internal marginalization of basic course scholarship. Basic Communication Course Annual, 28, 1-10.
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Brule, N. J., Bantz. C. R., Wackernagel-Bach, B., Dickmeyer, L. B., Frey, L. R., Randall-Griffiths, D., Hunt, S. K., & Petronio, S. G. (2018, March). “What makes us different?”: Sustaining relevance in progressive communication programs. Panel presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Milwaukee, WI. (Top Panel, Undergraduate Education and Administration Section)
  • Frey, T. K., Simonds, C. J., Hooker, J. F., Meyer, K. R., & Hunt, S. K. (2017, November). Assessment in the basic communication course: Evaluating a criterion-based speech evaluation training program for students. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Hunt, S. K., Carpenter, N., Lippert, L. R., Woolard, C. E., Hantzis, D. M., & Bodary, D. L. (2017, November). Civic engagement in communication pedagogy: Theories, practices, and new techniques to foster student civic learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Boatwright, B., Childers, C., Hunt, S. K., Carpenter, N., Khan, L., Lane, D. R. (2017, November). If you build it, they will post: The beneficial applications of higher education institutions creating and utilizing social analytics labs. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Boatwright, B., Carpenter, N. J., Hunt, S. K., & Mazer, J. M. (2016, November). Online social capital and the 2016 election: Fostering civic engagement among students through social media analytics. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hess, J. A., Fassett, D. L., Simonds, C. J., Mello, B. W., Broeckelman-Post, M. A., MacArthur, B., & Hunt, S. K. (2016, November). The basic communication course forum: A SWOT analysis of the basic course. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Top Panel, Basic Course Division)
  • Schreiner, A., Beck, A., Diel-Hunt, S. J., Hunt, S. K., Lippert, L. R., Carpenter, N. J., & Williamson, D. (2016, June). 80 million square pegs, on round hole: How civic technology is redefining the ways millennials engage with the 2016 election and beyond. Presented at the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Cummings, M., Hunt, S. K., Trent, K., Carpenter, N. J., & Williamson, D. (2016, June). Developing a digital communication and social media strategy to encourage civic engagement on your campus. Presented at the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Carr, C. T., Baldwin, J. R., Lippert, L. R., & Hunt, S. K. (2015, November). A chilling effect: Analysis of the effects of Institutional Review Board (IRB) communication on faculty. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Lippert, L. R., & Hunt, S. K. (2015, June). Programmatic assessment of civic engagement outcomes for redesigned courses. Poster presented at the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Carpenter, N., & Hunt, S. K. (2015, June). Talking “SMACC” about SOTU: Developing civic pathways through social media analytics. Presented at the annual Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Beall, M. L., Gess, A., Gouran, D. S., Hunt, S. K., McGrew, H., Pawloski, D., & Sullivan-Trainor, D. (2015, April). But they are in high school…PSEO and AP students convergence into the university atmosphere. Presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI.
  • Hunt, S. K., Myers, S. A., Sellnow, D. D., & Simonds, C. J. (2015, April). Converging basic course pedagogy/administration and published peer-reviewed scholarship. Presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI.
  • Hunt, S., Carpenter, N., Hopper, K.M., Lippert, L., & Moore, M. (2015, April). Talking SMACC about social media: Converging scholarship through cutting-edge technology in the classroom. Discussion panel presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI.
  • Carpenter, N., & Hunt, S. K. (2015, February). Talking SMACC about social media: Exploring Illinois State’s social media analytics command center. Presented for Presidential Scholars, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Lippert, L. R. (Lead PI), Meyer, B. (Co-PI), & Hunt, S. K. (Co-PI). (2017, November). Building partnerships to diversify the teacher education pipeline and facilitate civic and political learning to enhance the placement of teachers in high needs areas ($50,000—funded). McCormick Foundation.
  • Zompetti, J., Hunt, S. K., McDade, J., Asbury, B., & Hammond, G. (2008). Advancing the discipline: Expanding the role of communication in civic and political engagement through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) ($10,000, funded). Cross Endowed Chair for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant, Illinois State University.
  • Angell, M., Boyd, M. A., Kelloff, P., Moore, M., Lippert, L. R., & Hunt, S. K. (2001). Diversity: Meeting the needs of all students. Received $17,000 grant from the Illinois Professional Learners’ Partnership (a Teacher Quality Enhancement grant from the U.S. Department of Education).
  • Hunt, S. K., & Lippert, L. R. (2011, December). Supporting Illinois State’s American Democracy Project: Expanding the pedagogy and scholarship of engagement ($50,000, funded). McCormick Foundation.
  • Political Engagement Project Program of Excellence Award
  • The New York Times and American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • 2011
  • Teachers on Teaching
  • National Communication Association
  • 2011
  • New York Times & AASCU Political Engagement Project Program of Excellence Award
  • New Yorks Times and American Association of State Colleges and Univdersities
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Mentor Award
  • National Communication Association
  • 2009
  • Team Excellence Award for Success 101
  • Illinois State University
  • 2009
  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2008
  • Inaugural Program of Excellence Award
  • National Communication Association
  • 2008
  • Voice of Conscience Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2008
  • Educating Illinois in Action Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2008
  • Faculty Leadership Award
  • School of Communication Graduate Student Association
  • 2008
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Political Engagement Scholar
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • 2007
  • Outstanding University Teaching Award (Category 1)
  • Illinois State University
  • 2007
  • Stan and Sandy Rives Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2007
  • The Pantagraph's 20 Under 40
  • The Pantagraph
  • 2007
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • Illinois State University
  • 2006
  • ISU Carnegie Fellow for Political Engagement
  • 2006
  • Outstanding New Teacher Award
  • Central States Communication Association
  • 2002
  • University Teaching Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 2001
  • Dissertation Research Award Fellowship
  • Southern Illinois University
  • 1997
  • Debate Coach of the Year
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • 1993