Sean Eddington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Graduate Programs and Research
Campus office: 324 B Nichols Hall


Ph.D., Purdue University, Organizational Communication
M.S., Northwest Missouri State University, Higher Education Leadership
B.A., Purdue University, History


Undergraduate: Communication and Technology (COMM 332); Communication Research Methods (COMM 433); Communication & Leadership (COMM 535)

Graduate: Introduction to Communication Research Methods (COMM 710); Small Group Communication (COMM 716); Field Methods in Communication Research (COMM 822)

Biographical Information & Research

Sean Eddington (Ph.D., Purdue University) is an organizational communication researcher with primary interests in career communication, new media, resilience, and gendered organizing.

Regarding career communication, Dr. Eddington’s work has examined higher educational contexts including (1) the on-boarding experiences of new engineering faculty and (2) educational cultures that impact the professional formation of engineers (funded by the National Science Foundation). Both projects are published in the Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

Eddington’s research on new media, gender, and organizing explores the intersections of gender organizing online and communicative construction of resilience in and on Reddit communities. This work has been published in journals like Social Media + Society, and in the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Communication and Gender.

Eddington is a dedicated educator with over a decade of teaching and mentoring experience both inside and outside of the classroom. He has served as a series editor, contributed to trade publications, and facilitated workshops related to leadership, resilience, and student development. Sean is an actively engaged mentor and has received campus-wide and international awards for his service and mentoring.

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