Dr. Jayson Dibble

Associate Professor of Communication
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Dr. Jayson Dibble joined the communication department fall 2012. His teaching centers on interpersonal communication and relational communication, as well as quantitative research methods. He researches many things, such as why people don't like to share bad news and the role of technology in how people seek and maintain prospective romantic partners ("back burners"). Jayson also serves as faculty advisor to Hope's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative research methods
  • Interpersonal back-burner communication
  • Communication process of breaking bad news
  • Relationship communication and human message processing
  • Parasocial interactions and parasocial relationships


  • Ph.D., communication, Michigan State University, 2008
  • M.A., organizational communication, Western Michigan University, 2003
  • B.S., biomedical science, Western Michigan University, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Outstanding Article Award, Communication Studies, Central States Communication Association
  • 2014 Rookie Advisor of the Year Award, Lambda Pi Eta national honor society
  • 2014 Top Paper Award, Mass Communication Division, National Communication Association


  • "Parasocial interaction and parasocial relationship: Conceptual clarification and a critical assessment of measures," Human Communication Research, in press
  • "Simmering on the back burner: Communication with and disclosure of relationship alternatives," Communication Quarterly, in press
  • "Breaking good and bad news: Face-implicating concerns as mediating the relationship between news valence and hesitation to share the news" Communication Studies, 2014
  • "Hesitation to share bad news: Byproduct of verbal message planning or functional communication behavior?" Communication Research, advance online publication, 2013

For more publications please visit Jayson's Digital Commons page.

Outside the college

When Jayson is not working, he loves to play guitar, sing karaoke, enjoy craft brewpubs, travel, camp and spend time with his family. He also officiates high school and small college football. In 2014 he had the honor of being selected to officiate a Michigan State championship game at Ford Field in Detroit.

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Dr. Jayson Dibble

Phone Number616.395.7361

Martha Miller Center - Room 130 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3615
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