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Howard Sypher

Howard Sypher

Professor // Communication

Faculty Fellow

Regenstrief Center Healthcare Engineering

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 2153

Office hours: Spring 2024: Tuesday & Thursday; 10:30am -12:00pm


Phone: (765)494-2127

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., Western Kentucky University
B.A., University of South Florida

Research and Teaching

Howard Sypher is Professor and founding Head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication and has for a number of years focused  his research and teaching in the area of communication and new technology. He has recently been involved in applied research focusing on software diffusion E-health website usability, and comparative research focusing on the impact of technology and organizational settings.  His research on "digital identity" was funded by the National Science Foundation. Sypher received the "Seed for Success" Award from Purdue in 2007.

In March 2001 Sypher gave the keynote address (Communication, Technology and Change) at the Finland Virtual University Seminar at the University of Jyväskylä in Jyväskylä, Finland. Recently, he has lectured extensively in China and has been a guest on CCTV's Dialogue program in Beijing on three occasions. He has also lectured in Japan, Mexico, Australia, Europe, and South America.

Howard Sypher's research has appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Communications of the ACM, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and the British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology among others. His publications also include Communication Research Measures: A Sourcebook. He was the founding editor (with Ted Glasser of Stanford) of the Guilford Communication Series and he received the "Golden Anniversary Award for Excellence in Research" from the National Communication Association.

Sypher regularly teaches Com 435, Communication and Emerging Technologies at Purdue. Dr. Sypher serves on the advisory boards of several profit and not-for-profit organizations including the internal Advisory Boards for CERIAS and the Homeland Security Institute at Purdue. He is a Producer-at-Large for TechNation which appears on National Public Radio.