Charles Pavitt, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of Undergraduate Program

233B Pearson Hall
Phone: (302)831-8027 Fax: (302)831-1892

Curriculum Vitae

My research activities lie in three distinct areas.  I have performed several studies examining the content of discussion in small decision-making groups and relating that content both to “input” factors that impact on that discussion, such as the characteristics of group members and of the task they are performing, and to “output” factors that result from that discussion such as task performance and group members' perceptions of their experience.  In the past decade, I have been studying input-discussion content-output relationships in tasks in which group members have to share a slowly-regenerating valued resource, analogous to resources such as fresh water, forests, or fish reserves.  My second area of research lies in communication theory.  I have written about the “realist” assumptions that underlie most contemporary scientific communication theorizing, and recently I have been working on a new way to classify scientific communication theories based on the dimensions of form and content. Finally, I have begun a research project relevant to the ethics of transgressions in interpersonal relationships, at this time in the specific area of deception.

I teach a variety of courses in the general area of interpersonal communication.  I have a personal goal of integrating research into my teaching.  This has led me to include statistical-analytic research projects in all of my 400-level courses, and to involve students in my research as much as possible.  All my recent studies of small-group discussion have been done as part of “research practicum” courses in which students have conducted the data collection and experienced all stages in subsequent data analysis.  Although those data analyses are just for “practice,” several students have gone on to perform “real” data analyses intended for publication as independent study experiences.


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Courses Regularly Taught

COMM341: Theories of Interpersonal Communication
COMM442: Small Group Communication  (Undergraduate Level)
COMM442: Communication and Negotiation
COMM467-080: Communication Honors Capstone
COMM485/685: Analysis of Face-to-Face Interaction
COMM642: Small Group Communication (Graduate Level)


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