MELANIE BOOTH-BUTTERFIELD

 

Peggy Rardin McConnell Chair of Speech Communication

Department of Communication Studies, PO 6293

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV 26506

 

email: mbooth@wvu.edu

 

 

EDUCATION

 

                        Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO  1985

                        M.A. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 1977

                        B.S.  Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI  1972

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

                        2001 - Present  Full Professor, West Virginia University

                        1997 - 2001     Full Professor/Chair, West Virginia University

                        1991 - 1997     Associate Professor, West Virginia University

                        1985 - 1991     Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

                        1978 - 1985     Instructor, Central Missouri State University

                        1972 - 1978     Teacher, Farwell High School, Farwell, Mich.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Books

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2006).  Influential Health Communication.  Acton MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2004). Interpersonal communication in instructional settings. (2nd edition).  Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (2004). Communication apprehension in instructional settings (2nd ed.)   Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002).  Interpersonal Essentials: Understanding and enacting communication in interpersonal relationships.  Needham, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1992). Interpersonal communication in the classroom. Edina,

MN: Burgess International Group.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1992). Communication apprehension in instructional settings. Edina, MN: Burgess International Group.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1991). (Ed.) Communication, cognition, and anxiety.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

 

Research Articles

 

Rittenour, C., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (in press). College Students’ Sexual Health: Investigating the Role of Peer Communication.   Qualitative Research Reports in Communication.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (in press).  Communication apprehension and social anxiety. International Encyclopedia of Communication.  Blackwell Pub.

 

Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (2005).  “If we didn’t use humor we’d cry”: Use of humor as coping in healthcare. Journal of Health Communication.

 

Cayanus, J., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2004).  Relationship Orientation, jealousy, and equity:

An examination of jealousy evoking and positive communication messages. Communication Quarterly, 52, 237-250.

 

Merolla, A., Weber, K., Myers, S., & Booth-Butterfield, M.,  (2004). The impact of past dating relationship solidarity on commitment, satisfaction, and investment in current relationships. Communication Quarterly, 52, 251-264.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2003).  Integrating health communication pedagogy, social science, and health interventions.  Communication Quarterly, 51, 332-350.

 

Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Gruber, K. (2004). Perceptions of health care providers’ communication: Relationships between patient-centered communication and satisfaction. Health Communication, 16, 363-384.           

 

Wrench, J., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2003). Increasing patient satisfaction and compliance:  An examination of physician Humor Orientation, compliance-gaining strategies, and perceived credibility.  Communication Quarterly, 51. 482-503.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2003).  Embedded health behaviors from adolescence to adulthood: The impact of tobacco.  Health Communication, 15, 173-186.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. & Booth-Butterfield, S. (2002).  The role of Affective Orientation in the Five Factor Personality Structure.  Communication Research Reports, 19, 301-313.

 

Chory-Assad, R., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2001).  Secret test use and self esteem in deteriorating relationships. Communication Research Reports, 18, 147-157.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Noguchi, T. (2000).  Perceptions of instructor nonverbal communication: Comparison of international and U.S. students. Communication Research Reports, 17, 288-298.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. Anderson, R. & Booth-Butterfield, S. (2000). Adolescents' use of tobacco, health locus of control, and self-monitoring. Health Communication, 12, 137-148.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Anderson, R., & Williams, K. (2000).  Perceived messages from schools regarding adolescent tobacco use.  Communication Education, 49, 196-205.

 

Rizzo, B., Wanzer, M., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1999).  Individual differences in managers' use of humor: Subordinate perceptions of managers' humor.  Communication Research Reports, 16, 360-369.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Sidelinger, R. (1998). The influence of family communication on the college-aged child: Openness, attitudes, and actions about sex and alcohol. Communication Quarterly, 46, 295-308.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1998). The measurement of Communication Flexibility: Working adults vs. College students.  Communication Research Reports, 15, 365-369.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Sidelinger, R. (1997). The relationship between parental traits and open family communication: Affective orientation and verbal aggression. Communication Research Reports, 14, 408-417.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1996). Using your emotions: Improving the measurement of affective orientation. Communication Research Reports, 13,

 

Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1996). Are funny people more popular: The relationship of humor orientation, loneliness, and social attraction.

Communication Quarterly, 44, 42-52.

 

Thomas, C., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1995). Perceptions of deception, divorce disclosures, and communication satisfaction with parents.  Western Journal of Communication, 59, 228-245.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1995). The study of anxiety and behavior as social science. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 23, 163-166.

 

Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1995). The funny people: A source-orientation to the communication of humor. Communication Quarterly, 43, 142-154.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1994). Emotional responses as guides to thought and interaction: Conceptual and empirical distinctions. Communication Quarterly, 42, 331-344.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. & Thomas, C. (1995). High communication apprehension among   secretarial students. Communication Reports, 8, 38-44.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1994). Communication anxiety and signing effectiveness: Testing an interference model among deaf communicators. Journal of

Applied Communication Research, 22, 273-286.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Trotta, M. (1994). Attributional patterns for expressions of love. Communication Reports, 7 [2], 119-129.

 

Dolin, D., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1993). Reach out and touch someone: Analysis of nonverbal comforting behaviors. Communication Quarterly, 41, 383-393.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1993). The role of cognitive performance orientation in communication anxiety. Communication Quarterly. 41, 198-209.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1992). Analysis of an audiotaped conversation with a friend. The Speech Communication Teacher, 6, 14-15.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Duppstadt, R. (1992). Content analysis of shyness portrayals in television advertising. Communication Research Reports, 8, 33-39.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Heare, D., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1991). The effect of communication anxiety upon signing effectiveness among the profoundly hearing-impaired. Communication Quarterly, 39, 241-250.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1990). Conceptualizing affect as information in communication production. Human Communication Research. 16, 451-476.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1990). The mediating role of cognition in the experience of state anxiety. Southern Communication Journal. 35-48.

 

Booth-Butterfield, S., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1991). The communication of humor in everyday life. Southern Communication Journal, 56, 205-218.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1989). The evaluation of classroom performance feedback: An attributional approach. Communication Education, 38, 119-131.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1989). Perception of harassing communication as a function of locus of control, work force participation, and gender. Communication Quarterly, 37, 262-275.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Jordan, F. (1989). Communication adaptation among racially

homogeneous and heterogeneous groups. Southern Communication Journal, 54, 253-272.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Booth-Butterfield, S., & Koester, J. (1988). The function of uncertainty reduction in alleviating primary tension in small groups. Communication Research Reports, 5, 146-153.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Jordan, R (1988). Verbal and nonverbal adaptation among racially homogeneous and heterogeneous groups. Missouri Speech Journal, 18,19, 49-60.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1986). Stifle or Stimulate? The effects of task structure on the performance of high and low communication apprehensive students. Communication Education, 35, 337-348.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1986). Recognizing and communicating in harassment-prone organizational climates. Women's Studies in Communication, 9, 42-51.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1986). The effect of evaluation, task structure, trait-CA, and reticence on state-CA and behavioral disruption in dyadic settings. Communication Monographs, 53, 144-159.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1984). She hears - he hears: What they hear and why. Personnel Journal, 63,36-43.

 

Booth-Butterfield, S., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1983). Is it live or is it Memorex: The effects of mode of presentation on speaker credibility, attractiveness, and competence. Central Missouri State University Research, 6-10.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1982) Talking to women. Overseas, 8, 29-40.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1982). The effects of attire on judgments in forensic competition. Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. 12-16.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1981). The cues we don't question: Unintentional gender socialization in the day-care facility.  Day Care and Early Education, 8, 20-24.

 

* Additional manuscripts are under consideration by Communication journals.

 

Book Chapters

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. Anderson, R. & Booth-Butterfield, S. (2002). Adolescents' use of tobacco,  health locus of control, and self-monitoring.  In Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic and Contemporary Section, (5th ed.) Ed. W. Lesko. Needham, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1997). Emotionality and Affective Orientation. In J. McCroskey, J. Daly, & M. Martin (eds.) Communication and personality: Trait perspectives (pp. 171-189). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1997). Communication anxiety and people with disabilities. In J. Daly, J. McCroskey, I Ayres, T. Hopf, & D. Ayres (Eds.) Avoiding communication (2nd. Ed), Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1993). From paradigm shift to normal science: Where we are in the study of communication and sex role socialization. In C. Berryman-Fink, D. Ballard-Reisch, & L. Newman (Eds.) Communication and sex role socialization (pp. 377-381). NY: Garland Publishers.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1990). The interrelationship of communication, cognition, and anxiety. In M. Booth-Butterfield (Ed.) Communication, cognition, and anxiety (pp. 7-11). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1988). Jock Talk: Competition and cooperation within a university women's basketball team. In A. Taylor and B. Bate (Eds.) Women communicating (pp. 177-198). Ablex Publishing.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1987). Communication script analysis: A four-part model for predicting perception of sexual harassment. In M. Nadler, L. Nadler, & W. Todd-Mancilla (Eds.) Advances in gender and communication research (pp. 43-55). University Press of America Inc.

 

Book Reviews

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1998). Sexual harassment on college campuses: A guidebook for administrators, faculty, and students. Communication Education.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1994). Interplay, the text and supplementary materials. Speech Teacher.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1990). Interfacing instructional communication with the use of

simulations: An essay-review. Communication and simulation: Research on language and social interaction, 23, 363-370.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1988). Book review: Avoiding communication: Shyness, reticence, and communication apprehension, and Shyness: Perspectives on research and  treatment. In Communication Education. 37.

 

Instructional Publications

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2005) Interpersonal Essentials.  Workbook to accompany text.  Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2005).  Communication in Contemporary Society.  Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2000). Interpersonal communication: A no-nonsense guide to communication in relationships (4th edition). Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Patterson, B. (2000). Survey of communication studies. Acton, MA:

Tapestry Press. (3rd edition).

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1997). Interpersonal communication in instructional settings. Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1997). Interpersonal communication: A no-nonsense guide to communication in relationships. Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

           

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1997). Communication apprehension and avoidance in the classroom. Acton, MA: Tapestry Press.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1996). Interpersonal communication in instructional settings. 2nd edition. Workbook.  Edina, MN: Burgess International Group.

 

Research in Progress

 

1.  Relational communication, humor, jealousy and college students’ coping - longitudinal.

 

2. Conscientiousness, health decisions, and intervention.

 

3. Affective orientation and Relational Satisfaction.

 

4. Interpersonal skills and cognition in health care and decisions about health.

 

5. Humor Orientation and coping communication.

 

 

 Research Papers Presented at Professional Conventions since 1995 

            (Complete list available on request.)

 

 

Fletcher, C., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Brann, M., (2006).  Effect of dyadic communication apprehension on communication patterns following the acquisition of a sexually transmitted infection. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., San Antonio.

 

Sidelinger, R., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2006).   Mate value discrepancy as predictor of forgiveness and jealousy in relationships. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., San Antonio.

 

Dunleavy, K., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2006).  Idiomatic communication in the stages of coming together and falling apart.   Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., San Antonio.

 

Goodboy, A., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2006).   “I need some space”: Identifying personality and communication predictors of desiring less closeness.   Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., San Antonio.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Booth-Butterfield, S. & Reger, B. (2005). Emotion as a Source of

Information in Community-dwelling Adults.  Paper presented at the annual conference

of the National Communication Assoc., Boston.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M, & Booth-Butterfield, S.  (2005). Improving Relationships: Emotion, Perfectionism, Age and Satisfaction in Romantic and Platonic Relationships.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., Boston.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2005). Output Matters: Meshing Health Communication Research and Intervention with Pedagogy and Public Communication.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Assoc., New York.

 

Dunleavy, K. & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2005).  The Chilling Effect and Binge Drinking.   Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Assoc., New York.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Chory-Assad, R., Pucky, A., & Weber, K. (2005).  Relational maintenance and satisfaction in relationships affected by cancer.   Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Assoc., New York.

 

Dunleavy, K. & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2005).  Acquired disabilities’ impact on relationship satisfaction.   Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Assoc., Pittsburgh.

 

Rittenaur, C., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2005). College Students’ Sexual Health: Investigating the Role of Peer Communication. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Assoc., Pittsburgh.

 

Goodboy, A., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2004). Affective Orientation and Eating Behavior: Two studies of emotional, restrained, and external based eating decisions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., Chicago.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2004).  Integrating health communication pedagogy, social science, and health interventions.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Assoc., New Orleans.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2004).  Health Communication - the Next Generation: Examining new approaches to education of health communication researchers.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Assoc.

 

Merolla, A., Weber, K., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Myers, S. (2004). The impact of past dating relationship solidarity on commitment, satisfaction, and investment in current relationships.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Assoc., New Orleans.

 

Rudnicki, C., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2003). Emotion-based personality traits associated with conflict tactics and relationship satisfaction in romantic relationships.  Paper  presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., Miami.

 

Cayanus, J., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2003).  Relationship Orientation and Jealousy: An examination of jealousy evoking and positive communicative responses to feeling jealous. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Assoc., San Diego.

 

Bowman, J., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2003).  The influence of Sensation Seeking on the perception of social norms.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Assoc., Washington, DC.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002). The role of Embedded Behaviors in Communication Across the Lifespan: Focus on Tobacco.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., New Orleans.

 

Wanzer, M. & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002)  Perceptions of health care providers’  communication: Relationships between patient-centered communication and satisfaction. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., New Orleans.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002).  What should be the role of regional communication associations?  Other than to be a mini-NCA?  Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., New Orleans.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002). Sustaining Funded Programs: Building and Coordinating Health Communication Programs Across Disciplines and Distance.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Assoc., New Orleans.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Patterson, B.  (2002). The Capstone Sequence: Focusing our Communication Majors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Comm. Assoc., New York..

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002).  Building from the ground up: Development of Health

Communication programs.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Assoc., New York.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002). Integrating health communication pedagogy, social science, and

health intervention.  Paper presented at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication. Lexington, KY.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2002).  The role of Embedded Behaviors in Communication.  Paper

presented at the Conference on Health Communication and Cancer Across the Lifespan.

George Mason Univ.  

 

Wrench, J., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2001). Physician communication: Interrelationship of

Humor Orientation, Patient Satisfaction and Compliance.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Assoc., Washington, DC.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2001).  Out of the Ivory Tower II: Taking Communication Concepts to

the Streets.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Portland.

 

Toale, M., Thweatt, K., Booth-Butterfield, M. (2001). Interethnic personal relationships and

relational maintenance strategy usage.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Assoc., Portland, ME.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Hinkle, S. & Booth-Butterfield, S. (2000).  Affective Orientation and Relational Satisfaction.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Seattle.

 

Booth-Butterfield, S. & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2000).  Affective Orientation and the Big 5 Personality Structure.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Acapulco.

 

Noguchi, T. & Booth-Butterfield, M. (2000). Perceptions of teacher immediacy: Comparison of U.S. versus International students.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (2000).  New directions in Humor Orientation.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh.

 

Rizzo, B., Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1998). Individual differences in managers' use of humor: Subordinate perceptions of managers' humor orientation, effectiveness, and humor behaviors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Assoc., NYC.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Myer, M., Toborg, M., (1998) Content analysis of tobacco prevention materials in Appalachia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Assoc., NYC.

 

Thweat, K., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1998) Vocalic comparison of verbal aggression and argumentative messages. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern

Communication Assoc., Saratoga Springs, NY.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1998). Health communication applications. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Assoc., Saratoga Springs, NY.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Anderson, R., & Williams, K. (1997).  "If you're smoking you don't have to talk" Interpersonal Applications of Tobacco Use Among Adolescents. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago.

 

Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1997). If We Didn't Use Humor  We'd Cry: Humor as coping in the health care facility. Paper presented at the

annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., Anderson, R., & Williams, K. (1997). Tobacco use in adolescents: A qualitative approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Allen, G. (1997). Communication patterns of never-married adults. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication

Association, Montreal.

 

Sidelinger, R., & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1997). Communication patterns of parents and children:

Affective orientation, and social issues. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Montreal.

 

Anderson, R., Booth-Butterfield, M., Williams, K., Hobbs, G. (Nov., 1996). Race and gender

differences in teen tobacco use. Paper presentation for the American Public Health Association, New York City.

 

            Booth-Butterfield, M. (1996). Ethical considerations in conducting research on sexual

harassment. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Speech Communication

Association, San Diego.

 

            Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1996). Humor and coping in the

health care facility. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Speech Communication Association, San Diego.

 

            Booth-Butterfield, M. (1996). Touch as sexual harassment in the classroom. Paper presented at

the annual conference of the Speech Communication Association, San Diego.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1995). Creating materials for teaching the large lecture class.  Short course on Teaching the Large Lecture Class [with V. Richmond and S. Booth-Butterfield] at the annual conference of the Speech Communication Association, San Antonio.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1995). Disability and Anxiety as variables in communication. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Speech Communication Association, San Antonio.

 

Booth-Butterfield, M. (1995). Out of the Ivory Tower. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Assoc., Pittsburgh.

 

Wanzer, M., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1995). Are Funny People More Popular? The Relationships Among Humor Orientation, Loneliness, and Attraction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Assoc., San Antonio.

 

TEACHING – (Teaching evaluations available on request.)  Course load 3 classes per

semester.

 

            Graduate seminars in interpersonal communication, nonverbal, instructional, health, communication apprehension, anxiety, and avoidance, communication theory.  These have been taught both with traditional graduate students on-campus and fully-employed adults away from campus. Direction of graduate theses and independent studies, as well as advising of non-thesis option graduate students.

 

            Undergraduate courses in interpersonal communication, health communication, nonverbal, senior Communication Capstone course, family communication, communication applied to contemporary social issues. 

 

            Students have encompassed traditional undergraduates, honors students, and at-risk students.  Settings have included traditional classrooms, extended learning sites, workshops, and satellite courses.

 

            Most of these ventures have involved original curriculum development and delivery.

 

University Service since 1995

 

Head of Committee to develop multidisciplinary Health Communication graduate program.

 

Campus Ministry Committee. .

 

Advisory Board of the West Virginia University Press, 1999-2006.

 

Numerous Staff Development Training Seminars/Workshops on Interpersonal and Conflict Issues.

 

Eberly College of Arts & Sciences Homecoming Speaker.  Adolescent Tobacco Use and Communication in Appalachia. 2000.

 

Administer Communication Summer Transitional Education Program (STEP) for Office of Student Retention, 1998.

 

STEP program Awards Ceremony, Keynote Speaker. 1998, 1999.

 

Workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants on Instructional Communication, 1998

 

Speaker: Faculty Showcase. WVU Parent-Student Orientation, Summer 1995; 1999

 

Chair of University Graduate Council, 1995 (membership and Associate Chair previously).

 

Member of Committee to select Outstanding Researcher; Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 1994-95

 

Faculty Development Series: Creating a Classroom Environment Supportive of Cultural Diversity, 1995; Teaching Freshmen, 1996.

 

Service to the Communication Profession since 1995

 

Paper Reviewer, Health Communication.  National Communication Association & International Communication Assoc.

 

Federal Grant Application Reviewer. NCI Study Section on Health Care Quality. Spring 2000 and Fall 2000.

 

Invited Participant in STRETCH program, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute/NIH.  Strategic Educational Tactics for Communication and Health.  Summer 2000

 

Interim Editor, Communication Quarterly, 1997-1998.

 

Chair, ECA Committee to select Everett L. Hunt award for scholarship. 1998-99.

 

Chair, ECA Committee to Investigate Web-based dissemination of journals. 1998-99

 

President, Eastern Communication Association. 1997-98.

 

Vice-President, Eastern Communication Association. 1996-97.

 

Publications Board, Eastern Communication Association. 1994-98.

 

Executive Council, Eastern Communication Association. 1994-99.

 

Committee member for selection of Outstanding Research Article, SCA Communication Anxiety and Avoidance Commission, 1996.

           

Member of over 10 editorial review boards (e.g., Communication Monographs, Communication Quarterly, Communication Education) for our professional journals since 1995, as well as external reviewer for several others. 

 

Service to the State

 

Workshop for Nutrition Outreach Instructors on “Using communication to improve learning and instructional success. Fall, 2002.

 

Team taught Communication in Contemporary Society for "Bridging the Gap" - Satellite course. Fall 1998.

 

Group discussion facilitator for adolescent tobacco-use groups in Tucker County, Bridgeport,

Lost Creek, and Sabraton, WV.

 

Member of the West Virginia Board of Trustees Graduate and Professional Program Review Board, 1994-1996.

 

Attended Task Force on Adolescent Risk Behaviors' annual conference, October, 1995.

 

Presentation of research and video on anxiety's effects on signing among the deaf, to

Morgantown Community Education signing class.

 

Workshop on effective communication for the First Presbyterian Church; Elder in First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown.

 

Workshop on communicating effectively with uncooperative people. Preston County school

secretaries.

 

Workshop on assertive professional communication for Tucker County clerical employees.

 

 

RESEARCH GRANTS

 

Under final review by Fetzer Institute, ultimately not funded.  Multidisciplinary research on relational maintenance, mortality salience, loneliness, equity, spirituality, and life satisfaction among cancer patients and their friends/family. Fall, 2003.

 

WVU Health Sciences & Eberly College of Arts & Sciences Grant to investigate marketability of an interdisciplinary health communication graduate program, 2001.

 

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Grant to Develop Capstone Sequence in Communication Studies, 1999/2000.

 

Consulting Associate on National Cancer Institute grant ($75,000) entitled "Development of a

Community Kit for Tobacco Prevention in Appalachia. " 1999,2000.

 

Curriculum Development grant ($1000) to upgrade technology in Communication Studies 122

and develop instructors' manuals and materials for multiple sections. 1997

 

Consulting Associate on NCI grant to analyze tobacco prevention materials distributed in Appalachia. 1997.

 

Co-Principal Investigator on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant, "Analysis of the Functional Value of Tobacco Use for Youth". ($83,000) 1995.

 

Communication consultant on 5-year, $1,000,000 Appalachian Leadership Initiative grant from National Cancer Institute awarded to Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, WVU.

 

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

Named the McConnell Chair in Speech Communication.  2006-2009.

 

Research Fellow, Eastern Communication Association.  2005.

 

Teaching Fellow, Eastern Communication Association.  2005.

 

Named to the list of “Top 100 Communication Researchers” in the Hickson, et al., Communication Monographs compilation of research publications, 1999.

 

Eckroyd Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipient, Eastern Communication Association, 1997.

 

Elected Vice President-Elect of Eastern Communication Assoc., 1994. Position leads to Vice President in 1996-97 and President of ECA in 1997-98.

 

Finalist for Outstanding Teacher, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 1995-1996.

 

Past Presidents' Award for Professional Excellence, Eastern Communication Assoc. 1992.

 

Finalist - Outstanding Teacher for the College of Arts and Sciences, WVU: 1991-92.

 

Inducted as faculty into Phi Kappa Phi, academic honorary organization: 1990.

 

Central States Speech Association Outstanding Young Teacher nominee: 1984.

 

Gregory Fellow. Graduate fellowship, University of Missouri, 1982-1983.