John O. Greene

John O. Greene

Professor // Communication

Curriculum vitae

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Room: BRNG 2130

Office hours: Spring 2021: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am - 11:30am


Phone: (765) 494-3320

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Purdue University

Curriculum Vitae


Current Positions:

Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue University
Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University
Director, Publications Board, National Communication Association



Primary interests in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, and communication theory with an emphasis on cognitive approaches to these domains of study. Concerned with explicating those factors that underlie and give rise to mental and overt responses in communication contexts. Current research focuses on message production, social skill, and the effects of aging on communication behavior.


Representative Publications

Greene, J.O. (2003). Models of adult communication skill acquisition: Practice and the course of performance improvement. In J.O. Greene & B.R. Burleson (Eds.), Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills (pp. 51-91). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Greene, J.O. (2000). Evanescent mentation: An ameliorative conceptual foundation for research and theory on message production. Communication Theory, 10, 139-155.

Greene, J.O. (1997). A second generation action assembly theory. In J.O. Greene (Ed.), Message Production: Advances in Communication Theory (pp. 151-170). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Greene, J.O. (1995). An action assembly perspective on verbal and nonverbal message production: A dancer's message unveiled. In D.E. Hewes (Ed.), The Cognitive Bases of Interpersonal Communication (pp. 51-85). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Greene, J.O. & Burleson, B.R. (2003). Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Greene, J.O. (1997). Message Production: Advances in Communication Theory. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Selected Honors and Awards

  • Ann and Charles Redding Fellow, Purdue University, Department of Communication, 2003-2005.
  • Distinguished Book Award, Communication and Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association, 2003.
  • Gerald R. Miller Book Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2002.
  • Cecil and Ida Green Honors Chair, Texas Christian University, Department of Speech Communication, 2002.
  • Identified as one of the top 100 most active communication researchers and also as being among the top one percent of most prolific researchers in the field of Communication during the period 1915-1995 (Communication Monographs, 1999, 66, 178-197).
  • Speech Communication Association, Charles H. Woolbert Research Award, 1994 (presented annually in recognition of "an article or chapter which has stood the test of time and has become the stimulus for new conceptualizations of speech communication phenomena").
  • Recognized as being among the most frequently cited authors in Communication (Human Communication Research, 1996, 22, pp. 563-574).

Selected Professional Activities

  • Editor, Human Communication Research, 2001-2003.
  • Publications Board, National Communication Association, 2003-2005.
  • Book Review Editor, Communication Theory, 1993-1996.

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