Stephanie Tom Tong (fe2816)

University information

Title: Associate Professor
Unit: Communication
Department: Fine & Performing Arts

Contact information

569 Manoogian
Fine Arts
Detroit, 48201

Academic Senate



Thru Year: 2025
College/Division: Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Student Affairs Committee Note: Member
Stephanie Tom Tong

Department of Communication

Honorific: Dr.
Title: Professor; Director of Graduate Studies (Interim)

Stephanie Tong is a Professor in the communication studies area and the Director of Graduate Studies (Interim). She currently serving as a member-at-large on the Wayne State Academic Senate. Her research interests lie at the intersection of social media and relational communication. Specifically, she studies how people initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships using popular social media platforms. Her research has appeared in a variety of top journal outlets including, Social Media + Society, Psychology and Health, Personal Relationships, New Media and Society, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. She teaches interpersonal communication, communication theory, research methods, and pedagogy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Tong is the Director of the Social Media and Relational Technologies (SMART) Labs, which investigates how technology affects how people make decisions about their relationships.

Outside of the lab and the classroom, you will find her in the great outdoors. Her free time is spent rock climbing, running, and hanging out with her husband, son, and rescue dog--a “Chug” (Chihuahua-pug mix) named Panzo.

If you're interested in learning more about Dr. Tong's research or want to join the lab team, please visit the SMART Labs homepage. We are always looking for new talent--contact her to discuss open research assistantships and volunteer positions.

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, University of California, Davis

MA, Michigan State University

PhD, Michigan State University

Primary Research Interest:

communication studies, interpersonal communication, social media, relationships, AI

Primary Research Link:
Office Location: 569 Manoogian Hall
Homepage description:

 Social Media and Relational Technologies (SMART) Labs @ Wayne State

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Primary E-mail:
Stephanie Tom Tong

Courses taught by Stephanie Tom Tong

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Spring-Summer Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

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