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Gary Beck

Gary Beck


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Communication & Theatre Arts

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Biography


Education/Credentials



  • Expertise

    Communication
    Health Communication, Resilience, Hope, Positive Communication, Interpersonal, Family, Relationships, Wellness, ePortfolios
  • Research Interests

    Dr. Beck's research examines how communication is utilized in romantic and family relationships to help manage life stressors (i.e., job loss, serious health concerns, relational infidelities). His research program addressing this interest focuses on communication behaviors that contribute to interpersonal resilience. He has been involved in dating and marriage grant-funded lab work, as well as multi-method examinations of relationships over time. Dr. Beck is the co-editor of "Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan" (with Dr. Tom Socha, Peter Lang). He is also author of two book chapters, as well as articles in nationally ranked journals such as Communication Monographs, Personal Relationships, and Journal of Social Psychology. He has received top paper honors from the International Communication Association, and presented his research at numerious other national and international conferences.
  • 2016: Nominee – “New Faculty Award,”, Old Dominion University Alumni Association
  • 2016: Top 3 Paper Award - "Advice and Helpful Messages Emerging Adults Receive during Transitions from Higher Education: Associations with Dispositional and Enacted Hope, 2016 Convention, Southern States Communication Association
  • 2015: Shining Star Recognition (Teaching Excellence), Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment (Student Nominated)
  • 2015: Joel S. Lewis Faculty Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University
  • 2014: Nominee – “New Faculty Award,”, Old Dominion University Alumni Association
  • 2008: Professional Development Award, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2007: Dean's Office Award, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2006: Dean's Office Award, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005: Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2003: Hope and Heritage Award, Office of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1997: Centennial Scholar Award, University of Rhode Island
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Beck, G.; Lietzenmayer, A. "COMM ePortfolio Leadership Roles" $36,000. Old Dominion University. June, 2016 - June, 2019
    Beck, G. "Lead Facilitator, "Positive Communication and Personal Wellness"" $6,000. Old Dominion University. 2014 - 2015