Dean E Hewes

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Communication Studies
258 Ford Hall

224 Church St SE


Dr. Hewes' research focuses interpersonal communication, communication and cognition, group decision-making, conflict management, and evolutionary approaches to the study of personal relationships.

He edited The Cognitive Bases of Interpersonal Communication, and is at work on another book. His research has appeared in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Communication Monographs.

He has received numerous awards and grants for his scholarship, teaching, and advising and has been active in the International Communication Association and National Communication Association, serving as chairperson of the interpersonal communication division of both organizations and as board member of the former.

Dr. Hewes teaches graduate courses in quantitative communication research methods, conflict and communication, interpersonal communication, evolutionary approaches to communication, love and commitment, and cognitive approaches to communication research.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • analysis of social interaction
  • bargaining and negotiation
  • cognitive bases of communication
  • conflict
  • interpersonal communication
Courses Taught
  • Spch 1905 - Freshman Seminar
  • Spch 3401 - Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Spch 5411 - Small Group Communication Research
  • Spch 5421 - Quantitative Methods in Communication Research
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Lecture: "Evolutionary approaches to the study of human communication," Interpersonal Communication and Systems Divisions of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA: May 23, 2003
  • Lecture: "Small Groups as Parallel Procesing Systems: Some Positive and Negative Analogies," Cognitive Science Interest Group, University of Minnesota: 2002
  • Panel critic, "Information Distribution in Small Groups," Small Group Division, National Communication Association Convention, New Orleans, LA: November 21, 2003
  • Associate Editor, Human Communication Research: 2000 - present
  • Associate Editor, Communication Research: 1993
  • Member, Speech Communication Association:
  • Member, International Communication Association:
  • Member, B.A.S.S.:
  • Member, Muskies Incorporated:
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Speech Communications, University of Minnesota: 2001 - 2002


  • Formalizing theDual Level Connectionist Models of Group Communication: article draft
  • Hewes, Dean E (2009). The Influence of Communication Processes on Group Outcomes: Antithesis and Thesis. Human Communication Research, in press,
  • Methods as tools: A response to O'Keefe.. Hewes, Dean, in press.
  • The cognitive bases of interpersonal communication.. Hewes, Dean, Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1994.
  • The socio-egocentric model of small group decision-making revisited: Communication as epiphenomena.. Hewes, Dean, Group decision-making and communication processes, 1995.
  • Interpersonal communication research: What should we know?. Hewes, Dean, M. Roloff, S. Planalp, & D.R. Seibold, Speech communication: Essays to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Speech Communication Association, 1990.
  • "Outstanding Young Men In America," United States Jaycess, International Communication Association, 1978
  • Outstanding Teacher, University of Illinois, 1983
  • Outstanding Teacher, University of Illinois, 1985
  • Outstanding Teacher, University of Illinois, 1986