Robert T. Craig

Robert T. Craig is Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, where he joined faculty in 1990, was chair of the Department of Communication for 2001-2005, and retired from full time teaching in 2014. He received his PhD from Michigan State University in 1976.

Craig’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of communication theory and philosophy, discourse analysis, and argumentation. A major emphasis of his work has been to develop metatheoretical and methodological foundations for communication as a discipline that cultivates the practice of communication in society. He publishes widely in academic books and journals and has presented his work around the world through conferences and invited lectures. Current projects include critical studies of arguments about communication in public discourse and a book on the methodology of Grounded Practical Theory.

Craig is a fellow and past president of the International Communication Association (ICA), and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association (NCA). His professional activities have included numerous editorial boards of journals and book series, and service to universities and professional organizations. He was founding editor of the ICA journal, Communication Theory, which began publication in 1991. He was president of ICA for 2003-2004 and program chair for ICA’s 2003 annual conference in San Diego. He currently serves as Series Editor for the ICA Handbook Series, and is co-editor of the International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy  (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).