Chad Edwards

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Chad Edwards
Professor of Communication
(269) 387-3109
221 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5318
Mailing address: 
School of Communication
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5318 USA
Office hours: 

By appointment.

  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2003
Teaching interests: 
  • Human-machine communication
  • Computer-mediated communication in interpersonal relationships
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Artificial Intelligence
Research interests: 
  • Human-machine communication
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Artificial Intelligence

Chad Edwards, Ph.D. (2003-University of Kansas) is a Professor of Communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. He is a Theodore von Kármán Fellow at RWTH Aachen University. Previously, he was a Hartel Fellow at Marietta College. Edwards' research interests include human-machine communication and AI interaction. Recent publications include articles in:

  • International Journal of Social Robotics
  • Human-Machine Communication
  • Frontiers in Robotics and AI
  • Communication Education
  • Computers in Human Behavior
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Communication Studies

Chad Edwards co-directs the Communication and Social Robotics Labs (  He is a co-author of a Sage textbook entitled, The Communication Age: Connecting and Engaging (2013/2016/2019/2023). Dr. Edwards has received several top-paper awards for his research. He has held offices at both national and regional communication conferences and is a Past-President and Executive Director of the Central States Communication Association. In 2009, Dr. Edwards received the WMU Distinguished Teaching Award (the highest teaching award given by WMU). He also has been awarded teaching awards from the WMU College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University. 

Currently, he is the Chair of the Human-Machine Communication area at the International Communication Association and a Founding Associate Editor of Human-Machine Communication.

For more information about his work, please see: