Dr. Paul Schrodt, visited campus as the Fall 2013 “Above and Beyond” speaker, sharing his research and knowledge of the discipline. During his 2-day visit in October, he interacted with undergraduate and graduate students, both in and out of the classroom. He then presented a campus-wide lecture on Coparental Communication as a Risk Mechanism in Post-divorce and Intact Families. His research results detailed communication behaviors that facilitate healthy step parent-step child relationships, as well as the improvement of coparenting relationships within the family.
Dr. Paul Schrodt acquired a B.A. at the University of Texas-Arlington, a M.S. at the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at Texas Christian University. Dr. Schrodt has published over sixty articles in leading journals. Among his accomplishments, he was awarded the 2012 Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication and the 2011 Early Career Award in Interpersonal Communication, both from the National Communication Association. He is a lifetime member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), as well as a member of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR).
In an interview, Dr. Schrodt discussed his values as a Christian, husband and father. His attitude and passion for those values, as well as the importance of educating were certainly obvious as he spoke on the rewards of watching students grow. “The meaningfulness comes from the human connection in the relationships that we cultivate, in what we are doing,” he explained. Department of Communication Head, Dr. Helen Sterk commented “Dr. Paul Schrodt embodies the best in Communication scholarship—a sense of people’s humanity, the fears and needs and dreams that motivate communication, and an understanding of the value of communication in creating new and healing broken relationships.” Dr. Schrodt will certainly continue to inspire and grow along with the many lives he influences.