Joshua Hammonds

Title: Assistant Professor

Degrees: B. A. University of Southern Indiana: (Communication Studies) M.A. Ball State University: (Interpersonal Communication and Rhetoric) Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Communication Studies: (Interpersonal and Family Communication)

Telephone: 607.436.2372

Course History:

  1. COMM 100: Introduction to Human Communication
  2. COMM 255: Organizational Communication
  3. COMM 243: Interpersonal Dyadic Communication
  4. COMM 240: Theories of Interpersonal Communication

Other Information:



Professional Interests:

My main academic interest centers on the intersection of interpersonal communication and privacy management. I have focused my research program on investigating how persons manage their private information within the family, namely the parent—adult child relationship. I designed my line of research to allow me to explore this process from both interpretive and post-positive perspectives. In previous research, I have utilized an interpretive lens to examine what individuals consider before disclosing private, and potentially vulnerable, information to members within distressing family situations (e.g., adult children of alcoholics). My latest research focused on developing and validating a general model that identifies which criteria predict the likelihood of disclosure within the parent—adult child relationship. I plan to continue using this model to investigating what factors predict disclosure within other relationships, across various private topics, and in several contexts (e.g., online social networking).

Hobbies and Personal Interests:

  • Music (Playing/Listening)
  • Homebrewing
  • Cooking
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Running




Major Program areas

Communication Studies

introduces students to the theories and practices of oral communication and persuasion. Students in this major usually seek careers in business related fields, as well as corporate communication, advertising, sales, public relations, and events management.


Mass Communication

is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, film, audio production and video production.