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Faculty & Staff

Cade Spaulding

Associate Professor
Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
Director of Communication 101
Faculty Advisor - UWSP Latter-day Saint Student Association

CAC 323


  • B.S. Degree: Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, 2003
  • M.A. Degree: University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 2005
  • Ph.D. Degree: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Undergraduate:
    • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    • Introduction to Organizational Communication 
    • Training and Development
    • Negotiation
    • Leadership
    • Terrorism and Communication
  • Graduate:
    • Identity and Culture
    • Training and Development
    • Negotiation
    • Leadership


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.

Recent Publications & Recent Conference Papers

  • Larson, G., Wright, V., Spaulding, C., Rossetto, K., Rausch G., Richards, A., & Durnford S. (2007). Using Social Science to Understand and Improve Wildland Fire Organizations: An Annotated Reading List. United States Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-201.
  • Iverson, J. & Spaulding, C. (2008). Communicating Mission at 211: Theorizing Organizational Mission Beyond Statements. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2008, San Diego, California.
  • Spaulding, C. & Larson, G. (2006). Identity, Safety, and Fire Culture: A Qualitative Study of Wildland Smokejumpers in Missoula, Montana. Panel paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2006, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Spaulding, C. (2006). Answering the Call: A Closer Look at Disaster Volunteer Training at a County Emergency Operations Center. Panel paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, November 2006, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Spaulding, C. (2006). Identity, Safety, and Fire Culture: A Qualitative Study of Smokejumpers in Missoula, Montana. Paper presentation at the Nuevo Dia Organizational Communication Conference, April 2006, College Station, Texas.
  • Larson, G., Wright, V., Spaulding, C., Rossetto, K., Rausch, G., and Durnford, S. (2005). Poster presentation presented at the Eighth International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, April 2005, Missoula, Montana.
  • Spaulding, C. (2005). Understanding Control: Using Systems of Identification as a Lens. Competitive paper presented at the Western States Communication Association Conference, February 2005, San Francisco, California.
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