Catherine Brooks

About Catherine Brooks

Catherine Brooks (PhD, University of California) joined the Department of Communication in January, 2012, and holds a joint appointment in the School of Information at UA. Catherine’s primary research interest focuses on day-to-day language use in online and learning communities. She is most interested in the social uses of communication technologies and the varied opportunities for the co-construction of knowledge, self-presentations, relationships, and identities, as well as the possibilities for emotional and health-related support that can emerge and develop online. Currently, she is undergoing research on an online support group for those suffering from anxiety, examining the ways in which ‘expert’ information is translated and how supportive messages function for an international and relatively anonymous set of members. Her research works across disciplinary boundaries and draws on a variety of academic traditions and methodologies. She teaches courses that focus on social media and human encounters with information technologies. 

Research Interests

- Instructional Communication, Organizational Training, Mentoring, Professional Support, Student Development

- Computer-mediated Communication, New Media, eHealth, and Online Collaboration

- Language, Discourse, Identities, Emotions, and Communities 


Selected Publications

Refereed Academic Journal Publications

Brooks, C. F. and Pitts, M. (2016, in press). Communication and identity management in a globally connected classroom: An international and intercultural learning experience. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Brooks, C. F. (2016, in press). Role, power, ritual, and resistance: A critical discourse analysis of college classroom talk. Western Journal of Communication.

Pitts, M. J. and Brooks, C. F. (2016, in press). Critical pedagogy, internationalisation, and a third space: Cultural tensions revealed in students’ discourse. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Brooks, C. F. and Young, S. L. (2015). Emotion in online college courses: Examining the influence of perceived teacher communication behavior on students’ emotional experiences. Technology, Pedagogy and Ed.

Del Casino, V. J. and Brooks, C. F. (2014). Talking about bodies online: Viagra, YouTube, and the politics of public(ized) sexualities. Gender, Place, and Culture.

Brooks, C. F. (2014). Performed identity and community among college student interns preparing for work. Journal of Education for Business, 89 (3), 165-170.

Brooks, C. F. (2013). Don’t even trip . . . u did your part: Analyzing community in online student talk. Classroom Discourse, 4 (2), 168-189.

Brooks, C. F., and Bippus, A. M. (2012). Underscoring the social nature of classrooms by examining the amount of virtual talk across online and blended college courses. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning EURODL). Online.

Brooks, C. F. (2011). Social performance and secret ritual: Battling obsessive-compulsive disorder. Qualitative Health Research, 21 (2), 249-261.

Brooks, C. F., and Young, S. L. (2011). Are choice-making opportunities needed in the classroom? Using self-determination theory (SDT) to consider student motivation and learner empowerment. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 23 (1), 48-59.

Brooks, C. F. (2010). Toward hybridized faculty development for the 21st century: Blending online communities of practice and face-to-face meetings in instructional and professional support programs. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 47 (3), 261-270.

Dunbar, N. E., Brooks, C. F., and Kubicka, T. (2006). Oral communication skills in higher education: Using a performance-based evaluation rubric to assess comm. skills. Innovative Higher Education, 31, 115-128.

Bippus, A. M., Plax, T. G., Kearney, P., and Brooks, C. F. (2003). Teacher access and mentoring abilities: Predicting the outcome value of extra-class communication. Journal of Applied Comm. Research, 31, 260-275.

Bippus, A. M., Brooks, C. F., Plax, T. G., and Kearney, P. (2001). Students= perceptions of part-time and tenured/tenure-track faculty: Accessibility, mentoring and extra-class communication. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 30, 13-23.  

Published Invited Book Chapters

Brooks, C. F. (2015, in press). Students’ perceptions and emotions relative to online assessments in college courses. In L. Liu & D. Gibson (Sr. Eds), Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2015.

Brooks, C. F. (2016, in press). Retrospective narratives about life with anxiety: Considering the role of the Internet for sufferers across the life course. In P. G. Nixon, R. Rawal, and A. Funk (Eds), Digital Media Usage Across the Lifecourse (Farnham: Ashgate, 20XX), pp. xxx-xxx.

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Contact Information

Catherine Brooks
Assistant Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-1366
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: SIRLS 3


Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, Education

M.A. California State University, Long Beach, Communication Studies

B.A. California State University, Long Beach, Communication Studies/Wilderness Studies


Courses Taught

COMM 209: Introduction to Communication Technology

COMM 311: Communication Technology Theory

IRLS 150b: Social Media and Ourselves

ESOC 313: Digital Discourse and Identity

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences