Bree McEwan

Bree McEwan


Associate Professor
324 Memorial Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-2370


Bree McEwan is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Western Illinois University. She received her B.A. in communication from Michigan State University, and her M.A. and PhD in communication from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Dr. McEwan typically teaches interpersonal topics and quantitative research methods. She also teaches an online course exploring interpersonal, organizational, and critical aspects of new media at both the graduate and undergraduate level.


In addition to edited book chapters, Dr. McEwan has published in Communication Monographs, Communication Studies, and the Western Journal of Communication as well as presenting work at meetings of the National Communication Association, Western States Communication Association, and the Central States Communication Association. Dr. McEwan currently serves on the department and college curriculum committees as well as the university’s Council for Instructional Technology. Dr. McEwan draws upon her leadership experiences in the Graduate and Professional Association at Arizona State University in serving as the faculty advisor to the Graduate Communication Student Society (GCSS).





PhD in Human Communication, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University - 2009
M.A. in Human Communication, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University - 2005
B.A. in Communication with Honors, Michigan State University - 2003



Teaching Areas


Communication Research Methods
Interpersonal/Relational Communication
Computer Mediated Communication
Communication Theory



Research Interests


Dr. McEwan’s research focuses on the creation and maintenance of social relationships both on- and off-line. Dr. McEwan is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Thompson Professorship and is using the grant to complete projects examining social aspects of computer mediated communication. She has also conducted research examining friendship formation, maintenance, and conflict, gossip, and emotions. Her dissertation focused on communication skills and strategies related to freshmen’s social integration and university retention.