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Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

The Faculty and Staff of the WVU Department of Communication Studies are comprised of experts in a wide variety of specializations in the teaching, research, and administration of our field. Included in our faculty are professors and instructors recognized by their peers for excellence in scholarship and education, and our staff members have been similarly honored for their work in service of our Department as well a WVU. Each of their contributions help us create a unique experience for our undergraduate and graduate students pursuing one of our four degree programs.

Faculty Profiles
Staff Profiles
Ph.D. Student Profiles
M.A. Student Profiles

Faculty Research Productivity

Our faculty are internationally-recognized scholars in several areas of Communication Studies. While our Department’s research portfolio is diverse and interdisciplinary, several of our faculty are recognized leaders in the following areas of scholarship:

Their productivity and impact on the field has been recognized by their peers, including several faculty holding distinctions as the Top 50 researchers in the field from 1996 to 2001.

Service to Scholarship

In addition to their research expertise, several of our faculty serve or have served on the editorial boards and as editors of prominent journals and conferences within Communication Studies, including:


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application