Bill Strom, Ph.D.

Professor of Media + Communication

Bill Strom is Professor of Media + Communication at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada where he teaches communication theory, relational communication, persuasion, public speaking and organizational communication. He earned a B.A. in speech communication (Wheaton College), an M.A. in communication theory (Northern Illinois) and a Ph.D. in communication research (Iowa).  In addition to serving twenty-six years as department chair, he also served for eight years as Associate Director of Faculty Development.  His research focuses on virtue and covenant in close relationships and is published in state, regional, and national journals.  His faith perspective textbook, More Than Talk: A Covenantal Approach to Everyday Communication (5th ed., 2018, Kendall/Hunt Publishing) and The Relationship Project: Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘We’ (Beacon Hill Books, 2014) continue these themes. 

Bill volunteers at Telecare Crisis & Caring Line in Abbotsford, British Columbia, a non-profit society with the mission to support hurting people who call or text for help. He serves on the line and the board.

Bill is married to Shelaine Strom and lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.  Sometimes he blogs at

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • MA, Northern Illinois University
  • BA, Wheaton College


  • Christian perspectives on communication
  • Organizational communication
  • Leadership communication
  • Interpersonal/relational communication
  • Public speaking
  • The role of personal virtue in constructing redemptive relational communication
  • Relational worldviews as predictors of relational communication and quality
  • Predictors of relational resilience during COVID-19 lockdown
  • Personality, fear of listening, and religious orientation as predictors of empathetic listening

Submitted.Relational Resilience amidst the Pandemic: Contractual and Covenantal Orientations

Predict Struggle and Thriving during Self-Isolation.

Submitted.Weathering Well:Resilience Capacity, Stressor Experiences, and Coping Strategies as

Predictors of Relational Resilience during COVID-19 Lockdown

2020. “Weathering Well: Predictors of Resilient Pluck during COVID Isolation,” Paper presented at Trinity Western University Research and Creativity Symposium, Friday, August 28, 2020.

Awards & Honors

  • Paul K. Crawford award for outstanding graduate study, Northern Illinois University, May 1983

Recent Publications

  • 2020. Do Moral Communicators Make Better Listeners? Personality, Virtue and Receiver Apprehension as Predictors of Active Empathetic-Listening,” International Journal of Listening, DOI: 10.1080/10904018.2019.1705160
  • 2019.  “Menno Simons: Engaging Interpersonal Confrontation and Avoidance for Organizational Integrity,” in Robert H. Woods and Naaman K. Wood (eds.) Words and Witnesses: Communication Studies in Christian Thought from Athanasius to Desmond Tutu, Hendrickson Publishers.
  • 2018. [with Divine Agodzo] More Than Talk: A Covenantal Approach to Everyday Communication, 5th edition Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.
  • 2017. [with Harold Faw] Worldview Orientations in Close Relationships: Development and Initial Validation of the Contract-Covenant Continuum, Journal of Psychology and Theology, 46, 151-165.2018.
  • 2014. The Relationship Project: Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘We’ (Beacon Hill Books, Kansas City)

Affiliations & Memberships

  • National Communication Association
  • Religious Communication Association

  • MCOM 171: Introduction to Communication
  • MCOM 271: Introduction to Leadership Communication
  • MCOM 272: Organizational Communication
  • MCOM 281: Public Speaking
  • MCOM 351: Business & Technical Writing
  • MCOM 371: Relational Communication
  • MCOM 372: Cross-cultural Communication
  • MCOM 399: Communication Theory in Everyday Life
  • MCOM 471: Persuasive Communication
  • MCOM 479: Leadership Communication Capstone