In the summer of 1994 when Dr. Peter MacIntyre began writing his article, Variables Underlying Willingness to Communicate: A Causal Analysis, he did not expect it to be referenced for over 20 years; and he definitely didn’t expect it to be ranked as one of the top five most cited articles in history of the Communication Research Reports (CRR) journal!
On April 13th, 2016, CRR published Research Reports as the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Communication Research, which named Dr. MacIntyre’s article as one of the top five most cited articles in the journal’s history, saying “[these articles] play an efficient and integral role in progressing the field of human communication from a social scientific perspective”.
Dr. MacIntyre says his article, which is considered a foundational piece in communication research, aims to answer the question, “why is it that some people are more willing to communicate than others – is it a matter of such things as personality, experience, anxiety?” He also says, “The research reported that a combination of apprehension (anxiety) and perceived competence seems to offer the best statistical prediction of willingness to communicate, with personality working in the background”.
MacIntyre has since built upon this research in several ways, publishing approximately 100 journal articles and book chapters, as well as three books: Capitalizing on Language Learners’ Individuality (2014), Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning (2015), and Positive Psychology in SLA (2016).
Dr. MacIntyre is a CBU Alumn ’86, graduating from the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program before continuing on to complete his PhD. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University). He believes his professors at CBU played a large role in building his career, saying, “As a student in the BACS program, I studied both psychology and communication from some great professors – Bill Clemens, Donald Dunbar, Mary Lynch and Judy Rolls – who have influenced my whole career. I am very grateful for taking classes with them. Although they became colleagues later, I still think of them as mentors”.
Returning to his alma mater in 1994, Dr. MacIntyre continues to teach at Cape Breton University, and is now working to publish a book on nonverbal communication and another one on innovations in teaching.
Dr. Peter MacIntyre is exemplary of the outstanding researchers and professors we have at CBU. Congratulations on your continued success, Peter – we are proud to have you as part of the CBU family!