Stephen Spates

Campus: Springfield



  • PhD, Communication and Information, 2017, The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • MA, Communication Studies, 2012, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Communication Arts, 2009, Oakwood University – HBCU


  • COM 206 Introduction to Health Communication
  • COM 260 Communicating with Cultural Competence
  • COM 336 Communication in Organizations
  • COM 338 Communication Strategies for Recruitment in Organizations
  • COM 717 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace
  • COM 597/698 Studies in Communication Theory and Practice
  • COM 712 Quantitative Research Methods in Communication
  • COM 736 Concepts and Analysis of Communication in Organizations

Professional experience

Professional affiliations

  • Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Rho Sigma Sigma Chapter
  • Campus Advisor, Phi Beta Sigma, Rho Chi Chapter
  • Campus Advisor, Zeta Phi Beta, Theta Pi Chapter

Research and professional interests

  • Organizational communication
  • Workplace diversity
  • Communication in healthcare
  • Communication dynamics in spirituality
  • Strategies for classroom community

Awards and honors

  • Missouri State University Board of Governors Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs Award, 2022
  • Pearson and Nelson Outstanding New Teacher Award, Central States Communication Association, 2022
  • Top Research Paper, Instructional Development Division, NCA, 2021
  • The ComBotLabs Award, Communication and Technology Interest Group, CSCA, 2020
  • Alpha Delta Pi (MSU Chapter), Teacher of the Month, Missouri State University, November, 2019
  • Special Recognition of Service (Newsletter Editor), Central States Communication Association, 2019-2020
  • Special Recognition of Service (Legislative Assembly), National Communication Association, 2018-2020
  • Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, Department of Communication, Missouri State University, 2017-2018
  • Summer Research Grant Recipient, Missouri State University, 2017
  • 120 Faces of Oakwood University-Special Recipient, Oakwood University, 2017
  • Bernard King CCI Scholarship, The University of Tennessee, 2015
  • Courage to Climb Leadership Award, Student Life-The University of Tennessee, 2014
  • ESPN Award of Student Excellence in Scholarship, The University of Tennessee, 2013
  • All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Western Michigan University, 2012
  • Excellence in Research Award, School of Communication, Western Michigan University, 2012
  • Special Honor, TA Mentor Award, School of Communication, Western Michigan University, 2012
  • Delbert W. Baker Excellence in Communication Scholarship, Oakwood University, 2007 and 2008