Jocelyn DeGroot (Brown), Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Basic Course
Department of Applied Communication Studies
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Alumni Hall 3110 | 618-650-5828

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Jocelyn M. DeGroot (Ph.D., Ohio University) is an Associate 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, Communication Education, Small Group Research, Death Studies, OMEGA: The Journal of Death and Dying, Communication Teacher, and has book chapters in Blogging in the Global Society and Dark Side of Communication Contexts. She is also the Basic Course Director (SPC 101: Public Speaking) for the Department of Applied Communication Studies.


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:

101: Public Speaking (hybrid)
103: Interpersonal Communication Skills

200: Advanced Public Speaking

201: Small Group Communication (hybrid)

323: Interpersonal Communication Theory and Applications

330: Theories of Communication

421: Computer-Mediated Communication (online)

423: Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication: Communicative Issues of Death and Dying

424: Senior Project in Interpersonal Communication

434: Nonverbal Communication

461: Strategies for Teaching Speech Communication

502: Qualitative Research Methods

509: Special Topics: Communication and Emotion

509: Special Topics: Romantic Relationships
509: Death and Dying (hybrid)

520: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

521: Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication (hybrid)

Updated 2/5/2016