Dr. Matthew M. Martin
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Communication Studies
Armstrong Hall, Room 108
P.O. Box 6293
Morgantown, WV 26506
Office Phone: (304) 293-3905
Below is a brief review on my current research interests. You can learn more about my research by reviewing my vita or Google Scholar page (or by contacting me directly).
Bullying & Verbal Aggression: Who uses these destructive messages and what consequences do these messages have on their targets? Recently I have been working with Dr. Alan Goodboy on a series of studies investigating bullying and cyberbullying. We are interested in decreasing bullying, but also in helping individuals respond to bullying (either as a receiver or as an observer).
Communication Competence: What are the characteristics of an effective and appropriate communicator? Most of my research involving communication competence includes the communication trait of cognitive flexibility. Cognitive flexibility involves a person’s awareness, willingness, and self-efficacy to make changes in one’s ways of thinking. Dr. Rebecca Rubin and I published a measure of cognitive flexibility that has been used in over 100 studies.
Communication Motives: Why do people communicate with others? Based on the premise that communication is often intentional, I am interested in why people communicate in different contexts (e.g., families, classroom) and the link between people’s motives and various relational and behavioral outcomes. Along with Dr. Scott Myers and Dr. Timothy Mottet, I created the Student Communication Motives measure.
Student Learning: How can teachers and students communicate differently in order to increase student learning? My instructional research includes studying the areas of teacher-student interactions, retention, persistence, student life, online and blended learning, as well as cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning.
Communication Ethics: What can be done to have people of all ages communicate with more civility? I am interested in increasing positive, constructive public discourse and individuals’ critical thinking skills. I am also interested in the role that ones’ values and beliefs play in the choices that they make.
Ph.D., Kent State University, M.A., Kent State University, B.A., Valparaiso University