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Faculty and Staff Profile

Gregory Cranmer

Associate Professor

Office: 430C Daniel Hall



Educational Background

Ph.D. Sport and Organizational Communication
West Virginia University 2015

M.A. Communication Theory and Research
West Virginia University 2012

B.A. Religious Studies
West Virginia University 2011

Courses Taught

Advanced Sports Communication
Interpersonal and Family Communication & Sport
Sport, Communication, and Society
Communication & Sport Socialization
Survey of Sports Communication
Quantitative Research Methods
Communication Theory


Dr. Cranmer joined the Clemson family in 2016. He is a prolific scholar who is passionate about connecting research and application within the classroom. He seeks to blend Clemson's historical excellence as an undergraduate university with its Research-1 present/future. His notable service positions include: Athletic Council (2023-Current), Faculty Senate (2022-Current), Chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee for Faculty Senate (AY23-24), Clemson University's Task Force on Dependent Tuition Remission (2022-Current), Chair/Planner of the Communication & Sport Division for the National Communication Association, Sole Planner for the International Association for Communication & Sport's 2021 Summit, and editorial board member for Communication & Sport (2019-Current), Communication Research Reports (2019-Current), and Communication Quarterly (2023-Current). He is also a faculty fellow of the Robert H. Brooks Sports science Institute (2017-current) and a research fellow of the US Center for Mental Health & Sport (2021-Current). Dr. Cranmer conducts professional consulting focused on fostering practical communication skills and assisting individuals in adjusting to new social groups and roles. In this capacity, he has worked with Clemson's Paw Journey and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Research Interests

Dr. Cranmer has three ongoing programs of research. First, he seeks to understand how groups (i.e., sports teams and traditional organizations) can function more efficiently. He is primarily concerned with the organizational processes that encompass individuals' socialization (i.e., adjustment to tasks and roles), the exchange of social and organizational resources, and the fostering of human development. Second, he considers the efficacy of concussion interventions and the role of health referents in the reporting of concussion symptoms. Third, he explores how external stakeholders make sense of and respond to the policies and practices of sports organizations and leagues.

Honors and Awards

Top 1% of Prolific Scholars in Communication (2017-2021)

Outstanding Book Award, Communication & Sport Division, National Communication Association, 2021

Sue DeWine Distinguished Book Award, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2020

Junior Faculty Researcher of the Year Nominee, Clemson Division of Research, Clemson University, 2019

Award for Excellence in Research - Emerging Scholar, College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences, Clemson University, 2019

Early Career Research Award, Sports Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association, 2019

1st Associate Dean's recognition of Scholarship in Journal Publications, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University, 2018

Lawrence Wenner Emerging Scholar Award, Communication & Sport Division, National Communication Association, 2017

Judee K. Burgoon Doctoral Student Research Award, West Virginia University, 2015

Top Papers
NCA, Applied Communication, 2023 (1st)
NCA, Communication & Sport, 2017 (2nd/5th), 2019 (1st), 2021 (3rd), 2023 (5th)
ECA, Applied Communication, 2015 (1st), 2017 (1st)
ECA, Organizational Communication, 2014 (1st), 2015 (1st)
ECA, Instructional Communication, 2014 (4th)


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