Curriculum Vita


Professor of Communication Emeritus

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky 40506


Home Address:

2295 Hifner Road

Versailles, Kentucky 40383



Age: 75

Health: Excellent



A.B., Morningside College, 1955, Speech and Drama

A.M., Iowa University, 1958, Rhetoric, Public Address

Ph.D., Iowa University, 1961, Communication


2000- present, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication

University of Kentucky

1970-2000, Professor, Department of Communication

University of Kentucky


1975-1978 Chairman, Department of Communication

University of Kentucky

1971-1975 Chairman, Department of Speech

University of Kentucky

1966-1970 Associate Professor and Professor

Ohio University

1961-1966 Assistant Professor and Associate Professor

Western Illinois University

1960-1961 Instructor

 Sacramento State College

1957-1960 Graduate Assistant

 Iowa University

1955-1957 Instructor

 Wayland High School

1952-1954 Intelligence Analyst U. S. Army




Bostrom, R. (1998). Communication research. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland.


Bostrom, R., & Waldhart, E., Shelton, M. & Bertino, S. (1997). Getting there. Prospect Heig;hts, IL: Waveland.


Bostrom, R., & Waldhart, E., Shelton, M. & Bertino, S. (1996). Functional public speaking. Champaign/Urbana: Stipes. (Revision of Bostrom & Waldhart, 1992)


Bostrom, R. N. & Waldhart, E. S. (1992). Speaking in Public: Functional communication. Champaign/Urbana, IL. Stipes. (revision of Bostrom, 1988)

Bostrom, R., (1990). Listening Behavior. New York, NY: Guilford.


Bostrom, R., (1988). Speaking and Listening: Effective communication. Minneapolis, MN: Burgess.

Bostrom, R., (1983). Persuasion. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.


Andersch, E., Staats, L. & Bostrom, R., (1969). Communication for Everyday Use. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston.

Edited Books

Communication Yearbook Eight. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1984.

Communication Competence: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Beverly Hills: Sage , 1984.

Communication Yearbook Seven. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1983.

Book Chapters


Bostrom, R. (1996). Listening and listening research. In. O. Hargie (Ed.) Communication and communication research. London: Routledge Press, (pp.118-143).


Harrington, N. & Bostrom, R. (1996). Objectivism as the basic context for theory and research in communication. In J. L. Owen (Ed.) Context and communication behavior. Reno, NV: Context Press, (pp.118-143).


Bostrom, R. (1997). Testing listening. In C. Clapham & D. Corson (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Language and Education. (Vol. 7). The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers. (pp. 638-643).


Bostrom, R. (1992). Problems inherent in listening research. In. B. Ticehurst (Ed.) Communication in Australia: A Search for Meaning in Changing Times. Sydney: Griffin Press, (pp. 8-14).


Bostrom, R., (1983). Listening competence, in Essays on Human Communication, ed. B. Spitzberg and T. Hurt. Lexington, Mass.: Ginn and Company, pp. 64-71.


Bostrom, R., (1984). The nature of communication, in Introduction to Communication Principles, ed. James Applegate and Enid Waldhart. Champaign, Illinois: Kendall-Hunt, pp. 2-23.


Bostrom, R., (1981). Factors affecting the interaction of sources, receivers, and objects: RSO Theory, in Communication Yearbook V, ed. M. Burgoon. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Press, pp. 833-856.


Bostrom, R., (1980). Physiological variants, altered cns states, and attitude change, in Persuasion: New Directions in Theory and Research, ed. Gerald R. Miller and Michael Roloff. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, pp. 171-197.


Bostrom, R., (1966). Motivation and Argument. In Perspectives in Argumentation, ed. Gerald R. Miller and Thomas Nilsen (Scott, Foresman, and Company,), pp. 110-128.


Bostrom, R., (1963). Grades as Reinforcers in the Production of Attitude Change, in Human Learning and the School, ed. John P. DeCecco (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston), pp. 129-135.


Bostrom, R. N. (2004). Paradigms, theories and data. Communication Monographs, 71 (in press).


Bostrom, R. N. (2003). Theories, data and communication research. Communication Monographs 70, 275-294.

Bostrom, R. (2000). Gerald Miller: A personal remembrance. Communication Studies, 50, 239-246.


Bostrom, R. N. & Harrington, N. G. (1998). An exploratory study of compulsive talkers. Communication Edcuation, 43, 78-91..


Bostrom, R. (1996). Memory, Cognitive Processes, and the definition of Listening: A reply to Thomas and Levine. Human Communication Research, 23, 162-174.


Bostrom, R. & Donohew. L. (1992). The case for empiricism: clarifying fundamental issues in communication theory. Communication Monographs, 59, 109-128.


Bostrom, R., (1990), Assessing achievement with standardized tests. Association for Communication Administration Bulletin, Issue 72, 1988.


Sypher, B., Bostrom, R. & Seibert, J. (1989). Listening, communication abilities, and success at work. Journal of Business Communication, 26, 293-303.


Bostrom, R., & Waldhart, E. (1988). Memory models and the measurement of listening. Communication Education, 37, 1-16.


Bostrom, R., (1988), So you want to be an administrator. Association for Communication Administration Bulletin, Issue 56, 1988.


Bostrom, R., "Productivity" and the retention of departmental administrators. Association for Communication Administration Bulletin, Issue 49.


Bostrom, R., (1983). The computer and communication technology: New problems in mass communication research, Mass Communication Research Symposium (University of Tennessee), Vol. 6, pp. 1-16.


Bostrom, R., (1981). Measuring listening competencies Effective Listening Quarterly, Vol. 13, pp. 21-30.


Bostrom, R., Humphrey, R. & Roloff, M. (1981) Communication and helping behavior: The effects of information, reinforcement, and sex on helping responses. Communication Quarterly, Vol. 29, pp. 147-155.


Bostrom, R., (1981) Investigaciones de habilidad de escuchar. Comunicacion Interpersonal y Comunicacion Educativa, CEMPAE (Organismo Federal Descentralizado de Interes Publico),


Bostrom, R., (1981) Emerging trends in small group research. Small Group Communication in the 1980's, (Communication Association of the Pacific) Vol 10, pp. 32-46.


Bostrom, R., (1980) Evaluating instruction and courses in communication, Association for Communication Administration Bulletin, Issue 34, p. 7.


Bostrom, R., & Waldhart, E. (1980) The role of short-term memory in listening. Human Communication Research, Vol. 6, p. 211.


Bostrom, R., & Bryant, C. (1980) Factors in the retention of information presented orally: The role of short-term listening. Western Journal of Speech Communication, Vol. 44, p. 137.


Bostrom R., & White, N. (1979) . Does drinking affect resistance? Journal of Communication, p. 73.


Bostrom, R., Rossiter, C. & Baseheart, J. (1973). The effects of three types of profane language in persuasive messages, Journal of Communication, 23,, p. 461.


Baseheart, J. & Bostrom, R., (1972). Credibility of source and of self in attitude change, Journalism Quarterly, 49, p. 742.


Tucker, R. & Bostrom, R., (1971). The image of the speech teacher, Ohio Speech Journal, Vol. 9, p. 45.


Bostrom, R., (1970). Rejoinder: games and communicative process, Journal of Communication, Vol. 20, p. 121.


Bostrom, R., (1970). Cognitive, affective and behavioral dimensions of speech attitudes, Journal of Communication, 20, p. 359.


Bostrom, R. N. (1970). Patterns of communicative interactions in small groups. Speech Monographs, 37, 257-263.


Bostrom, R., (1969). Speaker sex, listener sex, and attitude change, Central States Speech Journal, 20, p. 245.


Bostrom, R. & Tucker, R. (1969). Evidence, personality and attitude change, Speech Monographs, 27, p. 22.


Bostrom, R., (1968). Agnosticism and belief systems, Journal of Religious Humanism, Vol. 4, p. 17.


Bostrom, R., (1969). Theory of games and communication theory, Journal of Communication, Vol. 18, p. 369.


Bostrom, R., (1968). The problem of grades, Speech Teacher, Vol. 17, p. 287.


Bostrom, R., (1969). I give you a man: Kennedy's speech for Stevenson, Speech Monographs, Vol. 25, p. 129.


Bostrom, R., (1964). Dogmatism, rigidity, and rating behavior, Speech Teacher, Vol. 13, p. 283.


Bostrom, R., (1964). Grades and grading, The Westerner, Vol. 37, p. 13.


Bostrom, R., (1963). Classroom criticism and speech attitudes, Central States Speech Journal, Vol. 14, p. 27.


Bostrom, R., Vlandis, J. & Rosenbaum, M. (1961). Grades as reinforcing contingencies and attitude change, Journal of Educational Psychology, 52, p. 110.


Bostrom, R., (1960). Convention nominating speeches: a product of many influences, Central States Speech Journal, Vol. 11, p. 194.

Special Publications


Bostrom, R., (1981). The Kentucky comprehensive listening test, Lexington, Kentucky: Kentucky Listening Research Center.


Bostrom, R., (1968) Audiences and station revenues: a problem in statistical prediction, Ohio University Center for Broadcast Management and Economics, Special Report No. 14.


Bostrom, R., (1969) Economic impact of cable television in 3-station markets, in CATV in Pueblo-Colorado Springs: A Case Study, ed. Robert L. Coe and James G. Saunders, Ohio University.


Bostrom, R., (1967) The top 52 television markets: 1952-1972, Ohio University Center for Broadcast Management and Economics, Report No. 4, May, 1967.


Bostrom, R., (1967) An analysis of the top ten television markets in the united states, 1956-1967, Ohio University Center for Broadcast Management and Economics, February 1967 (with J.G. Saunders).


Bostrom, R., (1970) The credibility of policemen as message sources, National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, United States Department of Justice, Grant Number NI-071.



Wesley, Gina, Bostrom, R. & Prather, M. (1993). Gender, Psychological Sex, and Communicative Characteristics. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Meeting, Washington, DC, (May).


Bostrom, R. (1993). Issues of replicability and research involving self-reports. Paper presented at the Southern Speech Communication Assocation Meeting, Lexington, KY.


Bostrom, R. & Prather, M. (1992). Birth Order and Communicative Characteristics. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Meeting, Miami, FL (May).


Bostrom, R. (1992). Network Analyses and the Study of Credibility: A Practical New Approach to an Old Problem. Paper presented at the Southern Speech Communication Association, San Antonio TX (April).


Bostrom, R., (1992). Rasch Analysis of Listening Subscales: a New Approach to Reliability. International Listening Association, Seattle.


Bostrom, R., (1991). "Comprehension and Listening" Academic Pufferey? Speech Communication Association, Atlanta.


Bostrom, R., (1991). Listening Research in the United States. Australian National Communication Association, Sydney.


Bostrom, R., (1991). Listening skills and the ETS assessements of teachers. Southern Speech Communication Association, Tampa.


Bostrom, R., (1990). Just put on a happy face: facial expression and emotional preceptions. Speech Communication Association, Chicago.


Bostrom, R., Grant, N. Davis, W. & Einerson, M. (1990). Don't stop me even if you have heard this one: the etiology of compulsive talkers. International Communication Association, Dublin.


Bostrom, R., Coyle, K. & Ray, E. (1989). Listening to medical messages: short-term listening, and sensation-seeking, International Communication Association, San Francisco.


Bostrom, R., (1987). Semantic decoding, short-term listening, and sensation-seeking, Speech Communication Association, Boston.


Bostrom, R., & Ray, E. (1987). Messages, gender of source, and listening ability in the retention of messages in the medical setting, Speech Communication Association, Boston.


Bostrom, R., & Donohew, L. (1987). Objectivism and the study of communication, International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada.


Bostrom, R., (1987). Short-term listening and grammatical decoding, International Communication Assocation, Montreal, Canada.


Bostrom, R., (1987). Listening comptencies and the community college: problems in application, Central States/Southern State Speech Associaton, St. Louis, Missouri.


Bostrom, R., (1985). Listener type and specific listener skill: the Kentucky comprehensive listening test, Speech Communication Association, Denver, Colorado.


Bostrom, R., (1985). The effects of medium of presentation, sex, and ability levels on the comprehension and retention of messages, (with R. Bruce Searle), International Communication Association, Honolulu, Hawii.


Bostrom, R., (1984). Objectivism and the study of persuasion, Central States Speech Association, Chicago, Illinois.


Bostrom, R., (1984). Approaches to measuring listening behavior, Southern Speech Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Bostrom, R., (1983). Promising new directions for teaching and research: psychobiological approaches to communication, Speech Communication Association, Washington, D. C.


Bostrom, R., (1982). Bargaining and negotiation as apects of the persuasive process, International Communication Association, Boston, Massachusetts.


Bostrom, R., (1982). Productivity and chairman 'burnout', Special presentation by the Association for Communication Administration, Southern Speech Communication Association, Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Bostrom, R., (1982). Relationships among listening and reading abilities, International Listening Association, Washington, D. C.


Bostrom, R., (1981). The relationship between attitudes about communication and communication skills, International Communication Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Bostrom, R., (1981). Interactions between sources, messages, and receivers: rso theory, International Communication Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Bostrom, R., (1981). The rhetoric of behavior, Southern Speech Communication Association, Austin, Texas.


Bostrom, R., (1981). Measuring various listening abilities, International Listening Association, Denver, Colorado.


Bostrom, R., (1981). Theoretical models of listening behavior, International Listening Association, Denver, Colorado.


Bostrom, R., (1980). Physiological factors involved in attitude change, International Communication Association, Acapulco, Mexico.


Bostrom, R., (1980). Aprendo habilidades de escuchar en educacion de communicacion, CEMPAE-ICA Conference, Guadalajara, Mexico.


Bostrom, R., (1980). Communicacion y comportiamento servicial: los efectos de informacion, refuerzo y sexo en reacciones serviciales, International Communication Association, Acapulco, Mexico..


Bostrom, R., (1980). The Kentucky comprehensive listening test: a multivalued listening measure, International Listening Association, Atlanta, Georiga.


Bostrom, R., (1979). The components of listening behavior: motivation, memory, and 'verbal' abilities, International Communication Association, Philadelphia.


Bostrom, R., (1978). Measuring listening behavior, Speech Communication Association.


Bostrom, R., (1976). Philosophical foundations of interpersonal epistemologies, University of West Virginia Graduate Series in Communication.


Bostrom, R., (1977). The assault on behaviorism, Southern Speech Communication Association (scheduled portion of Special Programs entitled "Advances in Communication Theory").


Bostrom, R., (1971). Relationships between rhetorical theory and communication theory, Southern Speech Communication Association Convention.


Bostrom, R., (1971). Predictive value of the congruity theory, Speech Communication Association Convention (with Thomas Hurt).


Bostrom, R., (1971). The role of verbal behavior in resolving intrapersonal conflicts, Speech Communication Association Convention.


Bostrom, R., (1970). Congruity, Game theory, and Communication Strategy, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Speech Association.


Bostrom, R., (1969). Profanity and Attitude Change, presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Association of America.


Bostrom, R., (1969). Profanity, Justification, and Source Credibility, presented at the meeting of the International Communication Association.


Bostrom, R., (1967). Interactive Patterns of Small-Group Communication presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Association of America.


Bostrom, R., (1966). Characteristics of Teachers of Speech, paper presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Association of America.


Bostrom, R., (1964). Dogmatism, Rigidity, and Speech Rating, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Speech Association, April.


Bostrom, R., (1954). Mathematical Models and the Theory of Games, presented at the Colloquium on Communication, University of Illinois.


Bostrom, R., (1963). Current Research in Listening, report prepared for the Annual Conference of Directors of Fundamentals of Speech Course, Columbia, Missouri.


Bostrom, R., (1962). Classroom Criticism and Speech Attitude, presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Speech Association.


Bostrom, R., (1961). Theory of Games as a Mathematical Model of the Communicative Process, presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Association of America.


Courses Taught--University of Kentucky

COM 731 Seminar in Communication Competencies

COM 721 Research in Persuasion

COM 741 Seminar in Mass Communication

COM 665 Research Methods in Communication

COM 651 Communication Theory

COM 601 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication

COM 582 Persuasion

COM 581 Communication in Small Groups

COM 551 Psychological Foundations of Communication

COM 550 Communication Research Methods

SP 283 Argumentation and Debate

SP 281 Parliamentary Law

TEL 101 Introduction to Telecommunication

COM 101 Introduction to Communication

SP 181 Introduction to Public Speaking

Other Instructional Activities--University of Kentucky

Designed and tested "Senior Competency Examination" for graduates of UK College of Communication.

Designed teaching programs for the PR1ME 850 computer for undergraduate exercises in communication research.

Presently designing a computer system for Undergraduate Advising for the College of Communication.

Designed and taught Special Seminars in interactive computing for Communication graduate students at the University of Kentucky Computing Center (Including University of Waterloo SCRIPT for theses and dissertations.)

Designed an evaluation system for courses and instruction which uses direct access to data processing systems. System is now in use at the College of Communication.

Designed and taught in special seminars for Fayette County Police Department in Crisis Intervention.

Directed the teaching of the Introduction to Public Speaking Course. 1972-75 and 1978.

Developed "Contract System" teaching for advanced courses.

Served as Campus Liason for fundamentals instruction in the Community College system.

Taught special seminars in Small Groups for the IBM corporation.

Designed and taught Public Speaking Seminars for Kentucky Utilities Corporation.

Currently designing Public Speaking Seminars for General Telephone and Electronics.

Designed seminars in Public Speaking for the Kroger Foods Corporation.

Served as special lecturer on Communication and Technology for U.K. College and Engineering.


Dissertations Directed

Robert Thompson, “What Shade of Green are You? Gender, Feminism, and Ecological Attitudes in the Design of Ecological Messages.”

Gina Collins Wesley, "Gender and Compliance-Gaining in Health Delivery Settings"

Mark Prather, "Health Messages and Prenatal Drug Use"

Woody Davis, "Gender Schemas and Religious Messages."

Jerry Harvill, "Aristotle's Concept of ethos as a ground for a modern ethic of communication."

Gayle Pohl, "A Metanalytic Study of the Role of Anxiety in Persuasion."

D. Bruce Searle, "Confidence of Judgment and Medium of Presentation in Listening Behavior."

Harvey G. Henderson, "Programmed Instruction in Teaching the Physics of Sound".

W. Barnett Pearce, "Attitude Intensity, Congruity, and Attitude Change".


Stephen J. Blatt, "The Consistency between Verbal and Behavioral Attitude Responses as a Function of High and Low Controversial Social Issue".

Ted J. Foster, "A Bibliographical Study of the Process of Persuasion".

H. Thomas Hurt, "Credibility Measurement, Congruity Theory and Attitude Change".

Robert Stanley, "Relative Credibility, Source Variation, and Media as Sources of Persuasive Effects".

Noel White, "Alcohol Ingestion and Responses to Persuasive Communication".

Arnold G. Abrams, "Three Levels of Dialect Usage and the Impact of a Communication".


Winifred G. Stump, "A Rhetorical Analysis of the Speeches of Governor William Langer's Speaking in the 1936 North Dakota Gubernatorial Campaign".

Theses Directed:

Forty-eight in the past twenty years.

Dissertation Committees Other Than Speech or Communication:

Psychology - five, Education - six, Political Science - one,

Sociology - two, English - one, Music - one, Business Administration - one,


Chairman of University Senate Council, Office of the President, University of Kentucky, 1984-1985.

Director of Graduate Studies, College of Communication, University of Kentucky, 1981-1984.

Chairman, Department of Communication, University of Kentucky, 1975-1978.

Chairman, Department of Speech, University of Kentucky, 1970-75.

Associate Director, Center for Broadcast Management and Research, Ohio University, 1967-70.


PI, Short-term Memory and Listening Skills, UKRF Faculty Award, 32778, 1979.

Regional Site Coordinator, CAP-FEAR, Annenberg School and USIE (Project "Freestyle,") 1977.

PI, Credibility of Policemen as Message Sources, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, No. 107, 1969-70.

AI, Appalachian Voters and the OEO, Subcontract No. 63, Ohio University--OEO Office, 1969 (with Samuel F. Sharp).

PI, Cognitive Processes and Reinforcement Contingencies, Ohio University Graduate Award, 1969.

Economic Feasibility of UHF Television in Large Markets, Harbridge House (for Kaiser Industries), 1967-68 (with J.G. Saunders).

Relational Problems in Communication Instruction, Illinois Council on Higher Education, 1964 (with R.K. Tucker).


National Communication Association

Southern Speech Communication Association

International Communication Association

Association for Communication Administration

American Institute of Parliamentarians

International Listening Association

Kentucky Association of Communication Arts


Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ: National Teacher Examination Essay evaluation, 1992-1993.

Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ: Committee of Examiners, Speech Communication Content Examination, 1993.

Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ: Committee of Examiners, Listening Skills Test, 1993.

University of Tennessee, Department of Speech Communication. Reviewed UT's "Exit Examination" Procedures, along with Senior Competency Examination.

Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. Redesigned the "communication component" of the National Teacher Education core battery test.

Southeast Organ Transplant Association, New Orleans. Designed training sessions for health care workers involved in organ transplants.


Committee of Examiners, Educational Testing Service

Legislative Council, Speech Communication Association (1985-1988).

Testing Committee, Communication Skills (National Teacher Examination, Educational Testing Service)

Delegate, (for the International Communication Association), American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Editor, Communication Yearbook

Editor, Journal of the International Listening Association


Paper Referee, Communication Research, Southern Speech Communication Journal, Communication Monographs, Western Journal of Speech Communication, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Communication Education, Quarterly Journal of Speech.

President, Southern Speech Communication Association, 1985-1986.

Associate Editor, Communication Education 1987-1991.

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Communication Research. 1980-1983.

Member, SCA Commission on Testing, 1985-present.

Nominating Committee, International Communication Association, 1982.

Publications Board, International Communication Association, 1982-1986.

Chairman, ad hoc Committee on Elections, International Communication Association, 1980.

Committee of Twelve, Southern Speech Communication Association, 1978-present.

Chair, Finance Committee, Southern Speech Communication Association, 1976.

Local Arrangements Chairman, Speech Communication Association, 1982.

Associate Editor, Southern Speech Communication Journal, 1972-76.

National Nominating Committee, Speech Communication Association, 1972-73

Editor, Kentucky Journal of Communicative Arts, 1972-73.

Chairman, Interpersonal and Small Group Interaction Division, Speech Communication Association, 1972-73.

Review Committee for the Speech Communication Association Dissertation Awards, 1972.

Staff member, AID Communication Seminars.


Statistical Consultant, Pueblo-Colorado Springs CATV Analysis (before the Federal Communications Commission, February, 1968).

Statistical Consultant, Harbridge House Research report to Kaiser Industries, Boston, MA, 1968.

Associate Editor, Speech Teacher, 1963-66.


Chair, College of Fine Arts Review Committee of the University Theatre Department

Educational Unit Review Committee, 1987.

Review Committee, Telecommunication Department (Chair), 1986.

Review Committee, Department of Theatre Arts, 1986.

Search Committee, University Ombudsman, 1985.

Advisory Committee, Survey Research Center, 1982-85.

Academic Computing Committee, 1981-1984.

University Senate Council, 1981-present. Secretary 1982-83.

Computing and Communication ad hoc Planning Committe, 1981-present.

Faculty Code Committee, 1981-present. Chairman, 1984-85.

University Senate, 1973-1989.

Committee on Academic Organization and Structure, 1973-1977 (Chairman, 1975).

Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards, 1977-1981.

Parliamentarian, University Senate, 1975-1981.

Self-Study Committee, University Athletics, 1981.

Planning Council, University Honors Program, 1973-1975.

ROTC Governing Committee, 1971-1977 (Chairman 1971-1974).

Arts and Sciences Council, 1972-1976.

Search Committee, Telecommunication, 1981.

Search Committee, Theatre Arts, 1972 (Chairman).

Faculty Council, College of Communication, 1977-1980.

Curriculum Committee, Department of Communication, 1977-present.


University of Kentucky Alumni Association “Great Teacher” Award

"Hall of Fame," International Listening Association.

Honorary Member, Council for Media Research (Queens College).

Honorary Member, Center for Intrapersonal Processes (Tulane University).

Southern Speech Association Annual "Young Scholar Award" is named the "Robert Bostrom Award." It is given annually.


Education Vice-President, Lexington Musical Theatre

Board Member, Lexington Council of the Arts, 1975-1978.

Board Member, Lexington Singers, 1973-1980 (Chairman, 1974).

Planning Committee, World "Three-Day Event," Kentucky Horse Park, 1978.

Artistic Director, Lexington Musical Theatre, 1977-79. Directed Carousel, H.M.S. Pinafore, Lil'Abner, The Music Man, and Camelot.

Visiting Artist, Jenny Wiley Summer Music Theatre, Summer 1980 (played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof)

Parliamentarian, Kentucky Education Association Legislative Assembly, 1974-77.


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