Chad Edwards

Photo of Chad Edwards
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
Research interests: 
  • Human-machine communication
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Chad Edwards is a professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Previously, he was a Hartel Fellow at Marietta College. Edwards' research interests include human-machine communication, human-robot interaction, and artificial intelligence. Recent publications include articles in the following publications:
  • Communication Education
  • International Journal of Social Robotics
  • Communication Research Reports
  • Computers in Human Behavior
  • Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Communication Studies
Dr. Edwards co-directs the Communication and Social Robotics Labs ( He is a co-author on a Sage textbook entitled, Life in the Communication Age: Connecting and Engaging (2013/2016/2019). Dr. Edwards has received several top paper awards for his research. He serves on numerous editorial boards including Communication Education. Dr. Edwards 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, University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University.

For more information about his work, please see: 

ResearchGateORCID, or Google Scholar