Mark V. Redmond
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
338 Carver Hall
Courses I am Teaching
ComSt 102: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
ComSt 311: Studies in Interpersonal Communication
B.A. (1971) and M. A. (1973) from Purdue University
Ph. D. (1978) from the University of Denver
The impact of social decentering (empathy/perspective taking) on interpersonal relationships, communication and relational escalation and de-escalation, and relationship-specific social decentering and marital satisfaction.
About My Teaching
My approach is always evolving but reflects an interpersonal and interactive style that emphasizes a student-centered orientation that includes focused group discussions, simulations, and demonstrations. My goal is to engage students and have them think. In seeking to push students to think and to think harder, I often give exams that require application, analysis and synthesis of concepts rather than rote learning. My ultimate teaching goal is to have a class of students all get A’s, not because I have graded easy, but because they were all motivated to excel. I am forever in pursuit of the better mousetrap and consequently I continually experiment with the design and methods applied in my teaching. In general I am committed to providing a strong liberal arts education to my students. And as such, the focus is not so much on the content of what students learn, but on students’ personal development and cognitive growth.
How I came to Teach what I Teach
I feel fortunate to teach and study something that continues to fascinate and inspire me and which significantly contributes everyone’s health, happiness, and success—interpersonal communication. I have been intrigued by how communication and relationships affect who we are and how we manage our interactions with other people. As an engineering major I was required to take a speech communication course. That course introduced me to the field of communication and a decision to change my major in speech communication. I didn’t realize it at the time (the late ‘60’s), but I took a course in interpersonal communication when it was first being added to curricula throughout the United Stated. When I first came to Iowa State, a few basic interpersonal communication concepts and theories were taught as part of a public speaking course. Believing the subject deserved a more significant place in the curriculum, I developed and got approval for a standalone course in interpersonal communication in the Fall of 1987 and have been teaching it at ISU ever since.
Beebe, S. A., Beebe, S. J. & Redmond, M. V. (2014). Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others. 7th Edition, Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Redmond, M. V. (2011). Skillbuilder Workbook for Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others, 6th ed. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Redmond, M. V. (2011). “The evolving voices of a capstone course: The evolution of a senior seminar.” Invited paper presented as part of a referred program at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (NCA), New Orleans.
Redmond, M. V. (2011). “Giving Voice to the Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication in Textbooks and the Classroom.” Invited paper presented as part of a referred program at the annual meeting of NCA, New Orleans.
Redmond, M. V. (2010). “Other-Orientation through Social Decentering: Definition and Initiation.” Paper presented at annual meeting of the National Communication Association (NCA) meeting, San Francisco. Selected as best overall Scholar-to-Scholar presentation.
Redmond, M. V. Communication Theories in our Everyday Lives, Oxford University Press (under contract for publication in 2016).
Redmond, M. V. The Theory of Social Decentering: A Theory of Other-Orientation Encompassing Empathy and Perspective Taking. Chapter 1 and 2 completed, chapter 3 being written.
Redmond, M. V. “Relationships specific social decentering in escalating and de-escalting relationships. Revision of previous manuscript with additional research study added.
Redmond, M. V. “The role of social decentering in marital satisfaction.” Data collected and being analyze in preparation for manuscript development.
Outside of the University
On a professional level I am an active member of the National Communication Association. Besides proposing and participating on a variety of programs typically focused on pedagogical issues, I am completing my terms as a member of the Educational Policy Board and the Nominating Committee. Occasionally, I consult and provide workshops for various organizations such as the Iowa Society of Public Accountants, the Central Iowa Chapter of International Institute of Business Analysts, Pioneer Hybrid, Iowa Community Action Association, and the Iowa Association of Counties.
On a personal level, I am a husband, father, and recently became a grandfather. I am an avid basketball player, in between injuries and schedule conflicts. I enjoy playing the guitar and piano (not at the same time yet), playing primarily original music. There are very few household projects that I am afraid to tackle. Those tackled include building a two story addition and remodeling a bathroom by stripping it down to the studs and raising the roof (in more than one way).