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Applied Communication Studies


Dr. Jocelyn DeGroot is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University in 2009 and her B.S. and M.S. in Communication Studies in 2004 and 2006 from South Dakota State University. She teaches a variety of courses specializing in interpersonal communication and computer-mediated communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was recognized with the Teaching Distinction Award at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 and has received Top Paper awards at regional and national conferences. Her research interests include computer-mediated communication and communicative issues of death and dying. Dr. DeGroot has published in several journals, including Communication Research, Communication Teacher, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, Death Studies, Men’s Studies, and has book chapters in Blogging in the Global Society and Dark Side of Communication Contexts. In the department, she serves as Director of the Basic Course and Graduate Teaching Assistant Supervisor. At the university level, her service activities focus on the use of various aspects of technology in and out of the classroom. A South Dakota native, Josie is fond of flat land and a little bit of snow every now and again. She also enjoys watching reality television and going to the ends of the Internet. Josie lives in Edwardsville with her husband, Derrick Brown, their children, Preston and Anastasia (AJ), and Bill Nye (the dog).

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