Mark Stoda

Instructor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1205

Biography

Mark Stoda launched his professional career from the Air Force Academy, where he graduated with an engineering degree and an officer’s commission.  After completing military pilot training, he was selected to serve in the cockpit of a T-38 Talon as a flight instructor, and in the classroom as an aeronautics and aircraft systems instructor.  His military service then took him to Europe as an F-4 Phantom reconnaissance pilot, and as a war-planning advisor.

His foundational years in military aviation postured Mark to closely observe those in positions of command, igniting his interest in leadership and influence.  So he hung up his flight suit to pursue graduate studies in the field of human communication.  After receiving a master’s degree from San Diego State University, he completed his doctoral studies at Arizona State University.  As an instructional faculty member in ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, his courses focus on an array of practical communication applications, including relational development and conflict management, work group dynamics and performance, team and organizational leadership, persuasion and social influence, public speaking and business presentations, as well as research methods and critical analysis.

In addition to teaching in university settings, Mark has worked as a personal development coach in the non-profit sector, provided services as a leadership development consultant in the construction industry, conducted on-site courses for corporate employees enrolled in degree programs, offered sales training for product marketing representatives, and facilitated courtroom advocacy workshops for attorneys.  His speaking and writing efforts are fueled by a desire to equip influencers with the high-impact communication skills necessary for professional and personal success.

Mark and his bride, Kimberlee, have four adult children and a growing tribe of grandchildren that frequently fill their empty nest.  When he’s not engaged in studies, teaching, and writing, Mark enjoys cigar-inspired back porch discussions about meaningful life issues with family and friends.

Education

2006.  Doctorate of Philosophy, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.  Interdisciplinary degree in Communication; dissertation entitled Symbolically Seeking a Change of Mind:  A Model for Comprehending, Constructing, and Critiquing Persuasion.  Graduated summa cum laude.

1995.  Master of Arts, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.  Degree in Speech Communication; thesis entitled Empowering the Voice of the Laity:  Expanding Field Theory to Encompass Lay Argument.  Graduated summa cum laude.

1977-81.  Professional Military Education, U. S. Air Force.  Undergraduate Pilot Training School (acrobatic excellence award); Flight Instructor School; Classroom Instructor School; Squadron Officers School (honors in public speaking); Tactical Flight Reconnaissance School (distinguished graduate).

1976.  Bachelor of Science, U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.  Degree in Engineering Sciences with minor in Aeronautical Design.  Cadet commander of unit selected for highest institutional achievement award.

Research Interests

High-impact communication principles and practices necessary for professional and personal success, including rhetoric, persuasion, and leadership in interpersonal, team, organizational, and courtroom settings.

Publications

  • Stoda, M. J. (2012).  Persuasion:  Deciphering the Secrets of Convincing Communication (Boston:  Pearson Learning Solutions).
  • Stoda, M. J., & Dionisopoulos, G. N.  (2000).  Jeremiad at Harvard:  Solzhenitsyn and “The world split apart”.  The Western Journal of Communication, 64, 28-52.

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 414 Crisis Communication
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 326 Court Room Oratory
COM 414 Crisis Communication
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 453 Communication Training/Develop
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
COM 394 Special Topics
COM 430 Leadership Group Communication
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
COM 400 Communication in Professions
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 230 Small Group Communication
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
COM 414 Crisis Communication
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 259 Comm Bus & the Professions
COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 308 Adv Research Methods in Comm
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 110 Elements Interpersonal Comm
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 319 Persuasion/Social Influence
COM 382 Classroom Apprenticeship