Dr. Stephen M. DiDomenico
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Stephen M. DiDomenico is an assistant professor of communication studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. He joined the department in 2015 after previously teaching at Syracuse University and Rutgers University. His research and teaching draw on interaction-centered perspectives of communication in order to highlight the role of everyday talk in social life. DiDomenico first became interested in studying communication back as an undergraduate when he acquired a summer position that involved teaching high school students about interpersonal communication. From that point on, he was hooked and set his sights on becoming a professor so that he could dedicate his life to researching and teaching about the complexities of human communication.
In his research, Dr. DiDomenico explores the dynamics of how people jointly construct activities, identities, and relationships in and through everyday talk. He is particularly interested in the communicative practices through which people seek or provide help for mental-health issues (e.g., suicide, emotional crisis) using different technologically-mediated services (e.g. telephone lines, text messaging, online chat). His research typically draws upon discourse analytic and ethnographic methods to analyze naturally-occurring social interactions in both ordinary and institutional settings. He has previously worked on studies related to storytelling in LGBTQ organizations, technology use and embodiment in conversation, and object requests during family meal times. Learn more about his recent publications and presentations here.
In his teaching, Dr. DiDomenico is guided by two overarching objectives: first, expose students to new and exciting ways of thinking about human communication; and second, show students how developing a sophisticated understanding of communication can facilitate their own personal and professional ambitions. In his courses, he often has students work with audio or video recordings of naturally-occurring social interaction in order to develop their ability to be careful observers of their everyday social worlds and communicative practices. Through these types of in-class exercises and assignments, students’ tacit views of how communication typically works are challenged and expanded to better understand, critique, and design forms of interaction to meet practical, real-world communicative purposes. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys expanding his teaching tool kit by reading up on issues related to instructional design, curriculum development, and the assessment of student learning.
Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. DiDomenico worked for the Society for College and University Planning, a non-profit organization dedicated to integrated strategic planning in higher-education institutions. When he isn't teaching or doing research, he enjoys doing yoga, getting creative with clay (ceramics), and being the coolest uncle possible for his little niece and nephew.
- Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick
- M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Social interaction
- Health communication
- Communication technology
- Research methods
- Communication theory
- Language and social interaction
- Crisis prevention and mental health support help lines
- Interpersonal communication and relationships
- Technology use and embodiment in conversation
- Qualitative methods — especially discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and ethnographic methods
Contact Stephen M. DiDomenico
Office: Yokum Hall 202B
Phone: (518) 564-4284