Dr. Chad McBride

Mailing Address

Dr. Chad McBride, Chair and Professor
Dept of Communication Studies
Creighton University
Omaha, NE 68178





Chad is currently on the ballot for the position of 2nd Vice President for the Central States Communication Association. In addition to his conference planning and administrative experience in OSCLG and as Department Chair, Chad has served as division planner for the Interpersonal & Small Group Communication Interest Group at CSCA, serves on the Finance Committee, has served on (and will chair) the Federation Prize committee, and has published in the CSCA journal, Communication Studies. He has attended CSCA consistently since 2001 and considers this his home regional association.  He is honored to be on the ballot so that he can continue to give back to the organization.

M. Chad McBride, Ph.D. joined the faculty of Creighton in Fall 2003.  He has taught courses in Close Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Discourse of the American Family, and Gender Communication as well as communication theory and research methods.

In his research, he is interested in how individuals communicatively co-construct situated identities in both our social networks and larger culture. In doing so, he studies communication within personal relationships and families, often using Facework and Communication Privacy Management as theoretical frameworks. Additionally, he studies communication about personal relationships by examining broader cultural representations and discourse about relationships in the media. 

His work has been published in outlets such as Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Studies, Southern Communication Journal, Communication Reports, Electronic Communication Journal, and Handbook of Conflict Communication, and he has co-edited a book, Gender Actualized: Cases in Communicatively Constructing Realities, with Dr. Erika Kirby. He is also currently the Vice President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (www.osclg.org)

He is currently examining the work spouse relationship with Dr. Karla Bergen (College of Saint Mary). If you either have a work spouse, have been labeled a work spouse, or work with people who are work spouses, and are interested in sharing your experiences in an interview, please email Chad

To view Chad's additional teaching, scholarship, and service, please see his vitae.