Pete Jorgensen

Pete Jorgensen


Professor & Chairperson
304 Memorial Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1858


Peter F. Jorgensen is a full professor in the Department of Communication at Western Illinois University and is currently serving as Department Chair. He also served as the Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Communication for over 10 years, and recently completed his term as the Co-Chair of the National Communication Association’s Training and Development Division. He received his B.A. in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University, his M.A. in Professional Communication from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Arizona. He primarily teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the communication department's organizational communication sequence. In addition, he teaches courses in communication research methods, persuasion, communication training and development, and small group communication.


He has presented a number of professional papers to national and international communication associations, and has captured Top Paper honors six times. He is a co-editor on The Encyclopedia of Human Emotions, published by Macmillan Press. He has also published in Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Business Issues, Western Journal of Communication and Human Communication Research, and has authored book chapters on interpersonal communication, emotion and persuasion. As a specialist in organizational communication and social influence, he has consulted for a number of national and international companies, including Commonwealth Edison, Boise-Cascade, William C. Brown Publishing in San Diego, CA, MidAmerica National Bank, Caterpillar, the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Area Health Education Center, and Roquette-America. During his undergraduate days, he was a nationally-ranked competitor in public speaking and oral interpretation events.





Ph.D. in Communication, University of Arizona
M.A. in Professional Communication, San Diego State University
B.A. in Speech Communication, San Francisco State University



Teaching Areas


Organizational Communication
Training and Development
Persuasion/Social Influence
Research Methods



Research Interests


Organizational Communication (especially organizational politics)
Emotion/Emotional Appeals/Emotional Labor
Persuasion/Social Influence
Training and Development