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Thomas Socha

COMM-495/595: Positive Comm.

COMM/GEOG 695: Comm,Geog,& Food

COMM 601

COMM 624

COMM 302

COMM 427/527

Thomas J. Socha, Ph.D.

ODU University Professor, Professor of Communication, Graduate Program Director

Department of Communication & Theatre, Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, Room 205, 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. 23453

Department of Communication & Theatre, Old Dominion University, BAL 3054, Norfolk, VA. 23529

Curriculum Vita 



Click for Information about ODU's MA in Lifespan and Digital Communication  

 Current and Upcoming:

  • 2014 NCA Summer Faculty Development Institute, Seminar Leader, "Families, Positive Communication, and Lifespan Development" 

    Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, Conferences

    Selected Accomplishments

    • Former Board of Directors Member, Virginia Beach Forum
    • Finalist--State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award (2013)
    • ODU Faculty Advisor of the Year (2012)
    • National Academic Advising Association (Mid-Altlantic Region): Faculty Advisor of the Year Winner (2012)
    • National Academic Advising Association (National): Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit- Faculty Advising (2012)
    • Founding Editor of the Journal of Family Communication, a national research journal (1999-2005)
    • National Communication Association's, Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Distinguished Service in Family Communication.
    • Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching (from ODU's College of Arts & Letters);
    • Named one of ODU's first "University Professors" for distinguished teaching
    • Twice nominated by ODU for the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia's Outstanding faculty award
    • Recipient of three "Most Inspirational Faculty Awards" from ODU honor students
    • Three "top-three" paper awards at national and regional conferences
    • July/August, 2008. Taught a faculty development course, "A Positive Perspective on Family Communication" at the National Communication Association's Institute for Faculty Development, Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA.) Click here for details


  • Contact Information

    Email Dr. Thomas Socha

    Norfolk GPD Office: Batten Arts & Letters 3054

    Norfolk Office Phone: 757-683-3833

    Virginia Beach Office-- Room 205

    Virginia Beach Office Phone 757-368-4114

    Virginia Beach FAX 757-368-4101

    Office Hours

    Summer 2014

    Mondays 3 - 5 pm Main Campus

    Tuesdays 9 - 12 noon Virginia Beach Campus

    Wednesdays 3 - 5 pm Main Campus

    Thursdays, By Appointment at Virginia Beach Campus

    Fridays by Appointment at Virginia Beach Campus

    Summer Email will be returned Mondays - Fridays


    ODU Department of Communication & Theatre

    MA in Lifespan and Digital Communication

    Lambda Pi Eta @ ODU

    Southern States Communicaton Association

    Children's Communication Resources

    SSCA Memphis: Positive Communication