Chair and Professor of Media + Communication
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Biography

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-one 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 (4th ed., 2013, Kendall/Hunt Publishing) and The Relationship Project: Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘We’ (Beacon Hill Books, 2014) continue these themes.  Bill is married to Shelaine Strom, a coach-trainer-writer, and lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.  They have three adult sons.

Research & Scholarship

  • Visual Communications: the Japanese Experience. with M. Mestre, A. Stainer, and L. Stainer. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 5, 34-41. 2000.
  • Communicator Virtue and Vice: Neglected Constructs of Relational Communication. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 10, 84-103. 2002.
  • Communicator Virtue and its Relationship to Marriage Qualiity. Journal of Family Communication, 3, 21-39. 2003.
  • More Than Talk: Communication Studies and the Christian Faith (editions 1-3). Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa. (385pp.) 2008, 2003, 1998.
  • What is a Christian Worldview?  Pp. 13-34 in Deane E Downey and Stanley Porter (Eds.) Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Pickwick Publications, 2009
  • A Christian Perspective on Communications.  Pp. 163-182 in Deane E Downey and Stanley Porter (Eds.) Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Pickwick Publications, 2009
  • Contractualism, Commitalism, and Covenantalism: A Worldview Dimensional Analysis of Human RelatingCommunication Studies, 64, 353-373: 2013.
  • The Relationship Project: Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘We’ (Beacon Hill Books, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014)

Education

  • Ph.D. (Iowa) Communication Research
  • MA (N. Illinois) Communication Theory
  • BA (Wheaton) Speech Communication

Awards & Honors

  • Recipient of the Paul K. Crawford Award for Outstanding Graduate Study in Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL, 1983

Recent Publications

  • More Than Talk: A Covenantal Approach to Everyday Communication (4th ed., Kendall/Hunt Publishing, Duque, Iowa, 2013)

  • The Relationship Project: Moving from ‘You and Me’ to ‘We’ (Beacon Hill Books, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014)

Affiliations & Memberships

  • National Communication Association
  • Religious Communication Association

Expertise

Christian perspective on communication, Intercultural communication, Interpersonal / relational communication, Public speaking, and Marital Communication

Courses Taught

  • MCOM 171:  Introduction to Communication
  • MCOM 271:  Introduction to Leadership Communication
  • MCOM 272:  Organizational Communication
  • MCOM 281:  Public Speaking
  • MCOM 291:  Communication Theory in Everyday Life
  • MCOM 371:  Relational Communication
  • MCOM 381:  Debate and Argumentation
  • MCOM 471:  Persuasive Communication