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Dr. Matthew M. Martin

Professor and Department Chair


Contact Information

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

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905

Research Areas

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


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