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Evan Watts


Contact Information

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

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905

Areas of Study Emphasis

  • Interactive Media/Communication Technology
  • Entertainment Psychology


Evan Watts is a Ph.D. student from DeLand, Florida. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Florida State University in media and communication studies, focusing on morality cognitions in digital game contexts. His current work explores how the affordances of interactive mediated communication technologies are utilized to co-create perceptual realities. Specifically, his work pulls from interactive media psychology, focusing on media perceptions and effects in digital game contexts from an entertainment theory perspective in order to better understand how and why people engage with media technologies and content. His research has also examined the impact of visual cues and face-threat mitigation on instructional feedback effectiveness. In addition to research, Evan also serves as a graduate teaching assistant and currently teaches Introduction to Mass Media.


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