Clark Callahan is an associate professor and an associate director of the School of Communications at Brigham Young University. Callahan earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from BYU in 1995. He went on to earn a master’s degree at West Texas State and then to earn a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.
Callahan joined BYU’s faculty in 2008 and now teaches courses in intercultural and international communication, theory, and research methods. He has also served as the director of the International Media Studies program at BYU. He formerly taught at Penn State York (a Commonwealth Campus of Penn State) and the University of South Dakota. His research centers on theories of intercultural adaptation, historical diffusion of innovations, and media ecology. He has served as editor for Comparative Cultures and Civilizations for Hampton Press and is an editorial board member for several other communication journals.
In 2012 one of his articles, Negotiation Adaptation: Perceptions of Culture and Communication Among Cultural Sojourners, was published in Communication Culture, and Critique, which has also featured others of his articles over the years.
As a specialist in communication leadership and organizational communication, he has consulted for the United States Department of Defense, the Internal Revenue Service, the state of South Dakota, and multiple regional and local governmental organizations. He has received top research awards through the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association. He has been recognized for teaching distinction by the International Communication Association, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of South Dakota.
Callahan and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of three boys and one girl.