Dr. Brian Richardson | Communication Studies

Dr. Brian Richardson

Dr. Brian Richardson
GAB 309C

Personal Bio:
Dr. Richardson and his wife Cheryl have two children, Keith (born Sept. 11, 2002) and Ella Kate (born Aug. 9, 2004). He enjoys working out, running, Texas Hold-em poker, reading, and traveling. Dr. Richardson also conducts communication-related training for various organizations, including the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and the UNT System.

Research Interests:
Dr. Richardson has two primary research interests: whistle-blowing/peer reporting of unethical behavior and disaster/crisis communication. He has also published recently in the areas of parental decision-making about youth tackle football, and teaching study abroad courses.

Dr. Richardson is currently working on two projects: one will examine how whistleblowing affects family dynamics and the other addresses how stakeholders perceive whistleblowers in collegiate and professional sport contexts.

Notable Activities:
Faculty Advisor for COMM Future Pros
Faculty Advisor for COMM Alumni Mentoring Program.

Editorial Board Member - Management Communication Quarterly and the Journal of Applied Communication Research.

Recent Publications:

McGlynn, J., Boneau, R. D., & Richardson, B. K. (2020). "It might also be good for your brain": Cognitive and social benefits that motivate parents to permit youth tackle football. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 44 (3), 261-282. DOI: 10.1177/0193723520903226

Boneau, R. D., Richardson, B. K., & McGlynn, J. (2020). "We are a football family": Making sense of parents' decisions to allow their child to play tackle football. Communication and Sport, 8 (1), 26-49. DOI: 10.1177/2167479518816104

Richardson, B. K., Rains, S., & Hall, C. (2019-online). Joining in, blowing the whistle, or intervening: Examining the effect of organizational identification and severity on Greek members' responses to hazing. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 14 (2), 20-38.

Richardson, B. K., & Garner, J. (2019-online). Stakeholders' attributions of whistleblowers: The effects of complicity and motives on perceptions of likeability, credibility, & legitimacy. The International Journal of Business Communication.

Richardson, B. K. (2020). Hero or "Prince of Darkness?": Locating Peer Jacob Svenkerud in an attributions-based typology of whistleblowers. In J. Sørnes, P. J. Svenkerud, & L. D. Browning (Eds.) Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences: Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery (pp. 151-163). New York: Routledge. (invited)

Siebeneck, L., & Richardson, B. K. (2019). From Machu Picchu to Masaya Volcano: An interdisciplinary approach to offering study abroad courses on international disasters and crisis communication. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 37 (1), 44-56. (Special issue on innovative approaches to teaching emergency management.)

COMM 3320 - Conflict Management

COMM 4120 - Communication & Sport
COMM 4220 - Theories of Crisis Communication

COMM 5220 - Organizational Communication
COMM 5221 - Crisis/Disaster Communication
COMM 5625 - Communication Consulting

Recent Awards and Honors:
Recipient, 2020 Dr. Charles Eberly Oracle Award which recognizes the outstanding written contribution to Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors during the academic year.

Interviewed and featured by Erin Cristales of UNT CRM for a podcast episode titled "UNT Heroes" about COMM Future Pros and the COMM Alumni Mentoring Program. Published on 12/11/2020 https://anchor.fm/unt-pod/episodes/Episode-21---UNT-Heroes-enlva2

Top paper panel in Communication and Sport division of National Communication Association annual meeting (November, 2020).

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