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Dr. Liesel Sharabi

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Department of Communication Studies Armstrong Hall, Room 108 P.O. Box 6293 Morgantown, WV 26506

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905

Research Areas

Specializations: Interpersonal and Relational Communication, Computer-Mediated Communication, Quantitative Methods

Dr. Sharabi’s primary research interest is in romantic relationships. Much of her work explores how communication technologies are changing modern dating and courtship. She is especially interested in the effects these new ways of meeting a partner may have on relationship satisfaction and stability over time. Some of her current studies examine romantic attraction in online environments and the ways communication technologies are being used to initiate and develop romantic relationships. She also conducts research on multimodality, where her focus is on the increasingly integrated nature of online and offline communication.

Dr. Sharabi’s work has appeared in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Monographs, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Her research on online dating received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Human Communication and Technology Division of the National Communication Association.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign M.A., University of New Mexico B.A., University of New Mexico


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