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Tom Socha

  • Tom Socha
  • Professor
  • Communication & Theatre Arts
  • 205 Va Beach Higher Ed Ctr
  • Virginia Beach, VA 23453
  • 757-368-4114
  • tsocha@odu.edu
  • 23-year ODU communication scholar and professor specializing in family communication, chlildren's communication, and group communication. Past President of the Southern States Communication Association
  • Education

    University of Iowa, 1988
    Major: Communication Studies
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Illinois at Chicago, 1982
    Major: Communication
    Degree: M.A.
    Loyola University Chicago, 1979
    Major: Communication
    Degree: B.A.
  • Research Interests

    Positive communciation in relationships and groups acorss the lifespan, children's positive communication development, parent-child-socetal communication,
  • Expertise

    Family Communication; Parent-Child Communication; Lifespan Communication; Positive Communication
    Child Development
    Children's communication development; Humor development
    Family Communication; Family communciation with society
  • 2012: Certificate of Merit, National Association of Academic Advisors
  • 2012: ODU Faculty Advisor of the Year, Old Dominion University
  • 2012: Excellence in Faculty Advising Annual Award, National Academic Advising Association - Region 2
  • 2009: Nominee for the Family Communication Division Annual Book Award, National Communication Association
  • 2008: Top Paper Award, NCA Experiential Learning in Communication Division 30th Anniversary , National Communication Association
  • 2005: Who’s Who among American Teachers
  • 2004: Old Dominion University Inspirational Faculty Member Award , Old Dominion University
  • 2003: Bernard J. Brommel Family Communication Award, National Communication Association
  • 2002: Distinguished Faculty Achievement Certificate, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV)
  • 2002: Nominee, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia's (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV)
  • 1999: Nominee, State Council for Higher Education in Virginia's (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV)
  • 1998: University Professor, Old Dominion University
  • 1997: Old Dominion University Inspirational Faculty Award , Old Dominion University
  • 1996: Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society
  • 1995: Nominee. Donald H. Eckroyd Award for Excellence in Higher Education, National Communication Association
  • 1993: Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University
  • 1991: Top Paper Award, Family Communication Division, Speech Communication Association
  • 1990: Designated a "Most Effective Teacher" , Loyola University Chicago- College of Arts & Sciences
  • 1990: Top Three Paper- Interpersonal Communication, International Communication Association
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research