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Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield

Professor Emerita
MBB 5 2014

Contact Information

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

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905

Research Areas

Interpersonal/Relational, Humor Enactment, Emotion/Cognition, Anxiety

Dr. Booth-Butterfield’s professional emphasis is on using one-to-one communication to address real-life interpersonal and social problems. This emphasis involves both application of existing communication concepts to new issues, as well as developing new approaches, and examining difficult communication processes. She is open to empirical research across various interpersonal areas; e.g., relational communication, humor enactments, and how personality affects our interactions.

Dr. Booth-Butterfield has emphasized research in the areas of processes and outcomes involved with humor enactments (e.g., Humor Orientation), and a variety of interpersonal/relational communication issues. In 2006, Dr. Booth-Butterfield was named as the first McConnell Chair in Speech Communication. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and books, has been the Editor of Communication Education Communication Quarterly, and Communication Research Reports. She is also a past President of the Eastern Communication Association, and both an ECA Teaching and Research Fellow.


Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia


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