Stephen DiDomenico, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

E-mail: Stephen DiDomenico, Ph.D.

Office: Wayne Hall 221
Office Hours: TBA


Stephen M. DiDomenico (he/him) joined West Chester University in Fall 2020 after holding previous full-time faculty positions in the State University of New York system and at Syracuse University. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Rutgers University.

Dr. DiDomenico’s research interests are interdisciplinary and broadly focus on the moment-by-moment dynamics of everyday interpersonal encounters. In particular, he uses qualitative methods - especially conversation analytic and ethnographic approaches - to examine the situated communication practices that participants use to construct activities, identities, and relationships in a variety of ordinary and professional settings. Recent topics of interest have included mental health help seeking and support services, technology use and embodiment in face-to-face conversation, and genres of oral narrative in LGBTQ communities.

His teaching interests span a wide range of areas in Communication Studies and has previously taught courses on topics such as interpersonal communication, research methods, language & social interaction, oral communication, nonverbal/embodied action, oral storytelling, gender & sexuality, interviewing, and technology & communication design, and basic surveys of the discipline, among other courses.

Recent Publications:

  • DiDomenico, S.M. (2019). Telling stories, enacting institutions: Learning how to narrative LGBTQ “coming out” experiences. In E. Falconi & K. Graber (Eds.), Storytelling as narrative practice: Ethnographic approaches to the tales we tell (pp. 53 – 84). Brill Press.
  • DiDomenico, S., Raclaw, J., & Robles, J. (2018). Attending to the mobile text summons: Managing multiple communicative activities across co-present and technologically-mediated interpersonal interactions. Communication Research. doi: 0093650218803537.
  • Robles, J. S., DiDomenico, S., & Raclaw, J. (2018). Doing being an ordinary technology and social media user. Language & Communication, 60, 150-167.

For information about my latest publications, check out my profiles on or Google Scholar.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations:

  • Affiliate Researcher, Rutgers Conversation Analysis Lab (RUCAL)
  • Member, National Communication Association
  • Member, International Communication Association
  • Member, International Pragmatics Association
  • Member, International Society for Conversation Analysis

Certificates & Licenses:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certificate
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