Robert Shuter

Robert Shuter
Research Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1205

Biography

Robert Shuter studies ways to improve interaction between people from different ethnic groups, races, and countries. His newest research focuses on the promise and potential pitfalls  of new media to bridge intercultural and global divides.  For example, he examined text messaging in India and the US and discovered that these countries have different social rules for texting in public and private settings, which he called textiquettes.  In a series of published articles  on cell phones and laptops in university classroom worldwide, he found that cultural values influence students' digital behaviors in the classroom which frequently conflict with  their instructors expectations for classroom management. In his international research on communication technologies in the workplace, Shuter discovered that  Danes are more apt than Americans to use their cell phones at work and in front of their managers, who they generally view as equals not superiors.

A thought leader in intercultural communication studies, Dr. Shuter has published more than 90 articles, books, and essays in leading research journals and periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. Dr. Shuter founded and directs the Center for Intercultural New Media Research, a network of more than 375 scholars and research associates from 55 countries that focuses on the impact of new media on human communication across cultures, nations, and world regions.

Education

Ph.D. - Communication, Northwestern University

M.A. - Communication, Northwestern University

B.A. - Communication, Loyola University

Research Interests

intercultural communication, communication technologies across cultures, multinational organizational communication

Publications

Publications (partial list):

Shuter, R., Uttaran, D., Cheong, P., Chen, Y,. & Shuter, J. (2017). Digital behavior of university students in India and the U.S.: Cultural values and communication technologies in the classroom. Western Journal of Communication, March 15, 1-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10570314.2017.1294703

Shuter, R., Cheong, P., & Chen, Y (2016). The influence of cultural values on US and Danish student digital behavior: Exploring culture, new media and social context. Journal of  International and Intercultural Communication, 9(2) 161-170 DOI:10.1080/17513057.2016.1154183

Cheong, P., Shuter, R., & Suwinyattichaiporn,T. (2016). Managing student digital distractions and hyperconnectivity: Communication strategies and challenges for professorial authority. Communication Education DOI:10.1080/03634523.2016.1159317

Shuter, R. & Kurylo, A (2015). Intercultural new media research for the 21st century. International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies, 5(1) 4-9

Shuter, R. & Chattopadhyay, S. (2014). A cross-national study of cultural values and contextual norms of mobile phone activity. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 9(1), 61-70.​​

Shuter, R. (2012) Intercultural new media studies: The next frontier in intercultural communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 41 (3), 119-137 (most read article in journal history)

Shuter, R. (2011). New media, culture, and communication: prospect and promise. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 4.4. November, 241-245 (third most read article in journal history)

Shuter, R & Chattopadhyay, S. (2010) Emerging interpersonal norms of text messaging in India and the United States.  Journal of  Intercultural Communication Research, 39, 121-145

Media Publications and Appearances (partial list):

Robert Shuter, Huffington Post, End The Classroom War on Mobile Devices

Robert Shuter, National Public Radio Interview and Story, Studies Show Sharp Divide Regarding Technology in the Classroom

Robert Shuter, Huffington Post, Pay or Perish

Robert Shuter, Wall Street Journal, When the Boss is a Stranger in a Familiar Land

Robert Shuter, New York Times, Know the Local Rules of the Game

Robert Shuter, Milwaukee Journal, What America Can Learn From Scandinavia

ASUNow, Smart Uses of Smartphones

Robert Shuter, KJZZ Interview and Story, Mobile Devices Distraction or Learning Tool?

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 263 Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 692 Research
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 263 Elements Intercultural Comm
COM 692 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 494 Special Topics
COM 692 Research
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
COM 494 Special Topics
CMN 598 Special Topics
COM 692 Research
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
COM 494 Special Topics
COM 692 Research

Editorships

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Special Issue: New Media Across Cultures

Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Special Issue: Intercultural New Media Studies

Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies, Special Issue: Intercultural New Media Research

China Media Research, Special Issue: Intercultural New Media Research

Southern Communication Journal, Special Issue: The Centrality of Culture

Service

Fulbright Scholar, Hong Kong Baptist University (2015)
Current Editorial Boards: Journal of International and Intercultural Communication & Journal of Intercultural Communication Research
Grants Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Division, Social Science Program
Former Chair, International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association
Former Chair, Department of Communication Studies, Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University