Dr. Spaulding is an Assistant Professor in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication (IPO) in the Division of Communication at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. As the Director of Communication 101, Dr. Spaulding successfully trains and manages the efforts of 12 graduate-level Instructional Assistants to deliver all required oral presentation-skills training to over 1800 students each academic year. He enjoys teaching a wide variety of course topics from foundation skills development to more sophisticated courses on special topics like "terrorism". With each course, Dr. Spaulding works to build not only the conceptual understanding of his students, but the ability to apply that understanding in practical and productive ways. Many times this means students assess and/or work directly with campus and off-campus organizations to apply what they have learned in class to "real-world" situations.
Dr. Spaulding enjoys working with local businesses, corporations, government, and non-profit organizations in a training and consulting capacity whenever possible. Working with line managers from corporations like Greenheck Fan Corporation and HR managers from smaller organizations like Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce reinforces the overall value of this discipline beyond the classroom. These managers are excited to learn what IPO has to offer! Recognizing the value outside organizations place on this material demonstrates the practical value of the IPO emphasis.
Dr. Spauldings professional research interests include organizational identity, communicative constitution of organizations, sense-making, motivation, and coping with tensions and paradoxes in the workplace. Past groups he has worked with through research include: Smokejumpers, USDA Wildland Firefighters, United Way 2-1-1 Texas, County Emergency Operations Center personnel, and Texas Medicaid healthcare provider personnel.
Dr. Spaulding is a trained Conflict Mediator through the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center (March, 2012). He has used his mediation skills to help educate and train both academic and non-academic workshop participants in more productive conflict management approaches.