Steven A. Beebe (Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia) is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at Texas State University. He has been Chair of the Department of Communication Studies since 1986 and also serves as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Steve is the author or co-author of twelve books, with most in multiple editions; more than 50 articles and book chapters; and more than 150 papers and professional presentations. Steve’s research, with a focus on instructional communication, has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, Human Communication, Communication Research Reports, and several Russian language academic journals. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge and has given lectures and conference presentations throughout Europe, Asia, and Central America. He has made thirteen visits to Russia where he has been instrumental in establishing the first communication studies programs there; he is a founding member of the Russian Communication Association. Steve is an active communication consultant, trainer, and speaker, listing many Fortune 500 clients, and serves as a consultant for several national and state government agencies.
The National Speaker’s Association named Steve Outstanding Communication Professor in America. At Texas State, Steve has received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research—the university’s highest research award—and the President’s Award for Excellence in Service—the university’s highest service award. He has received teaching awards at each university at which he has taught, including being named Honors Professor of the Year at Texas State. His undergraduate and master’s degree alma mater, the University of Central Missouri, selected him, along with his wife Sue, as Distinguished Alumni for 2010. Music remains one of Steve’s life passions. He is an organist and pianist and a struggling cellist.