About Stephen Thompson

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Specifically: Mexican Americans
  • Minority First Generation College Students
  • Communication Apprehension
  • Specifically: Video Games influence on social development and links to communication field
  • Rhetorical Communication
  • Specifically: Reality TV social messages,
  • Sexual Representations in NFL media publications
  • Developing Research Interest and Current Projects:
  • Phenomenological Analysis of Homeless and Prostitute members of Chicago's inner-city
  • Implementing CommuniCoach evaluation program at College of DuPage

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Speech 1100: Fundamentals of Speech Communication (COD),
  • Introduction to Communication (South Texas),
  • Interpersonal Communication (South Texas),
  • Business and Professional Speaking (South Texas)

Publications, Presentations, Books, Etc...

  • Publication in print:
  • Paving the Way: First-Generation Mexican American Community College Students in a Border Community Speak Out (co-authored with Angela Putman of Collin County Community College); International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Volume XXVIII
  • Upcoming Presentation (November 2005 at National Communication Association, Boston) Panel: Faculty Culture Shock: Adjusting to a new college and diverse student populations
  • Past NCA presentations:
  • NCA 2004: The Game That Can't Be Won: Video Game impact on Communication Apprehension
  • NCA 2004: G.I.F.T.S. Presentation: Bag 'o Tricks Impromptu Speaking Exercise
  • NCA 2003: Paper Presentation of Paving the Way (listed above)


  • M.A. in Human Communication, Speech (University of Northern Colorado)
  • B.A. in Speech Communication and Journalism/Mass Communication (double major, University of Northern Colorado)