Dr. Keaten started his career as a teacher of high school drama. He received his B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Montclair State University in New Jersey. After teaching high school, he received a teaching scholarship at Penn State University where he earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication and Statistics. Dr. Keaten was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from Harvard University where he studied world religions.
Dr. Keaten is an award-winning teacher who offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in intercultural communication, research methodology, leadership, and organizational communication. He maintains three research tracks: (1) reticence—the study of individuals who are chronically silent, including the relationship between computer mediated communication and reticence, (2) cross-cultural research on Japanese versus American communication behaviors and predispositions and (3) the effectiveness of interfaith dialogue via the Internet. His research appears in such journals as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and Japanese Psychological Research. He serves currently on the editorial boards of Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Communication Reports, & Journal of Intercultural Communication Research.
Dr. Keaten met Heather, his wife, on stage at the Loveland Community Theatre. They are blessed with three wonderful children, Katie, James, and Matthew. All five can be seen at numerous parks, pools, and parades in Northern Colorado.