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Keri Stephens

Department of Communication Studies





CMA 7.136C

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Keri K. Stephens, PhD, is a Professor in Organizational Communication Technology, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Co-Director of the Technology and Information Policy Institute in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research program examines the role of technology in organizational practices and organizing processes, especially in contexts of crisis, disaster, and health. She has authored over 85 articles appearing in research journals, proceedings, and books, and her two most recent books are New Media in Times of Crisis (2019, Routledge), and the 2-time national-level award-winning book Negotiating Control: Organizations and Mobile Communication (2018, Oxford University Press). She has received 23 top paper panel awards at conferences, and published with 43 different graduate students, 15 distinct undergraduate students, and 8 industry co-authors. Stephens teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Organizational Communication, Communication Technologies, Grant Writing, Communicating to Build Sales Relationships, and Communication Studies Internships. She runs the OPTIC Lab (Organizing Practices through Technology, Information, & Communication), and serves as the Co-Chair of the joint McCombs-Moody Professional Sales & Business Development Minor. She has received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, the Eyes of Texas Teaching and Mentoring Award, and was selected into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin. Stephens is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on an NSF grant examining how humans team with artificial intelligence to identify risk and prevention behaviors on social media, a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Public Involvement Grant, and a Texas Water Development Board Flood Communication & Education Grant. She is a CoPI on an NSF-funded interdisciplinary project focused on building more resilient communities. She just finished her work as the PI on an NSF Grant that examined how people posted “Calls for Help” on social media during Hurricane Harvey. She is currently an Associate Editor with Management Communication Quarterly, the Vice-Chair of the Mobile Communication Group for the International Communication Association, a former Secretary of the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Association, and a past Co-Chair of the Training & Development Division of the National Communication Association.