Jocelyn DeGroot (Brown), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor &
Graduate Program Director
Department of Speech Communication
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Alumni Hall 3110 | 618-650-5828

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Jocelyn M. DeGroot (Ph.D., Ohio University) is an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersection of computer-mediated communication and issues of death and dying. She has published
in Communication Research, Small Group Research, Death Studies, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, Communication Teacher, and has a book chapter in Blogging in the Global Society. She is also the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Speech Communication.


Ph.D. 2009
Ohio University, Communication Studies
M.S. 2006
South Dakota State University, Communication Studies and Journalism
B.S. 2004
South Dakota State University, Communication Studies and Theatre

Research Interests:
Computer-mediated communication (focusing on Facebook, blogs, and discussion boards)
Communicative issues of death and dying, including grief

Courses Taught at SIUE:

SPC 103: Interpersonal Communication Skills
SPC 200: Advanced Public Speaking
SPC 201: Small Group Communication
SPC 323: Interpersonal Communication Theory and Application
SPC 330: Theories of Communication
SPC 419/423: Special Topics: Computer-Mediated Communication
SPC 421: Computer-Mediated Communication
SPC 423: Special Topics: Communicative Issues of Death and Dying
SPC 419/424: Senior Project in Interpersonal Communication
SPC 434: Nonverbal Communication
SPC 509: Special Topics: Communication and Emotion
SPC 509: Special Topics: Qualitative Research Methods
SPC 520: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication
SPC 521: Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication

Updated 3/28/2013