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Graduate Dissertations

The dissertation process includes a written proposal, oral defense of that proposal, a written dissertation document, and the oral defense of the finished study – it is a rigorous process but represents the culmination of the author’s career as a student.

More information about the specific policies and procedures regarding dissertations in our department can be found in the Ph.D. Graduate Student Handbook .

2016

SHAUN M. ANDERSON

Title: Diversity Outreach in Major League Baseball: A Stakeholder Approach
Committee: Martin (Chair), Weber, Rittenour, Bowman, Brooks (Physical Activity and Sport Sciences – WVU)

HANNAH BALL

Title: Applying Psychological Reactance Theory to Communication between Adult Child Caregivers and their Older Adult Parents
Committee: Weber (Chair), Goodboy, Myers, Rittenour, Lilly (Biostatistics – WVU)

RITA DANIELS

Title: Young Adult Daughters and their Parents: Communication about Work/Career and Family
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Myers, Martin, Goodboy, Oberhauser (Iowa State University)

MELISSA F. TINDAGE

Title: Using the Instructional Beliefs Model to Examine Instructional Feedback in the Classroom
Committee: Myers (Chair), Goodboy, Martin, Rittenour, Frisby (University of Kentucky)

2015

GREGORY A. CRANMER

Title: Exploring the Anticipatory Socialization Stage of Division I Student-Athletes: The Content, Characteristics, and Functions of Memorable Messages
Committee: Myers (Chair), Goodboy, Martin, Weber, Brooks (WVU College of Physical Activity & Sport)

ZACHARY W. GOLDMAN

Title: Doctoral Students’ Relational Communication with Their Advisors: A Dyadic Examination Using Chickering’s Theory of Psychosocial Development b
Committee: Goodboy (Chair), Martin, Myers, Weber, Sorber (WVU Higher Education Administration)

ALEXANDER L. LANCASTER

Title: Persuasion, Police, and Public Safety: Message Framing, Compliance, and Perceptions of Law Enforcement
Committee: Martin (Chair), Bowman, Cohen, Weber, Westerman (North Dakota State University)

KELLY G. ODENWELLER

Title: Communicating to Resolve the “Mommy Wars:” Testing Communicated Stereotypes and the Common Ingroup Identity Model with Stay-at-Home and Working Mothers
Committee: Rittenour (Chair), Dillow, Myers, Weber, Metzger (WVU Psychology)

2014

HAILEY GILLEN

Title: Male-Female Workplace Friendships: Third Party Coworkers’ Perceptions of and Behavior toward Organizational Peers in Cross-Sex Workplace Friendships
Committee: Chory (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Cohen, Rittenour, Cowan (Communication Studies-The University of Texas at San Antonio)

SARA LABELLE

Title: Addressing the Role of Health Literacy in Social Science: The Revision and Validation of the Perceived Oral Health Literacy Scale
Committee: K. Weber (Chair), Martin, Myers, Booth-Butterfield, Wanzer (Canisius College)

MICHAEL SOLLITTO

Title: Why and How Organizational Members Encourage their Peer Coworkers to Voluntarily Exit the Organization: An investigation of Peer – Influence Exit Tactics
Committee: Chory (Chair), Goodboy, Rittenour, K. Weber, Garner (Communication Studies-TCU)

JESSALYN I. VALLADE

Title: Extradyadic Communication with Friends about Negative Relational Events in Romantic Relationships: Development of a Measure and Implications for Friendship and Romantic Relationship Functioning
Committee: Dillow (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Martin, Myers, Lannutti (La Salle University)

2013

CHRISTOPHER J. CLAUS

Title: The Effects of Student Behavior Alteration Techniques on Student Motives, Student Talk, and Student Learning
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Dillow, Martin, Johnson (Ithaca College)

ZAC D. JOHNSON

Title: Alternative Breaks: The Impact of Student-to-Student Connections in Non-classroom Service-learning Experiences
Committee: Martin (Chair), Myers, A. Weber, K. Weber, Lefebvre (Educational Leadership Studies-WVU)

LORI E. VELA

Title: Investigating the Effect of Humor Communication Skills Training on Pro-social and Anti-social Humor Styles, Self-efficacy, Motivation, and Learning
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory, Martin, Rittenour, Westerman, Lefebvre (Educational Psychology-WVU)

2012

COLLEEN C. MALACHOWSKI

Exploring the Effects of Implication Intentions and Goal Formation on Anxiety and Communication Effectiveness when Discussing Difficult Interpersonal Topics
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory, Martin, Rittenour, Walls (Educational Psychology—WVU)

STEPHANIE SHIMOTSU

Examining Graduate Students’ Research Outcomes, Affinity-Seeking Behaviors, and Perceptions of Relationship Quality with Advisors From a LMX Perspective
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Chory, Martin, Wanzer (Canisius College)

SYDNEY M. STAGGERS

Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury: An Investigation of College Student-Athletes’ Prospectus of Communication Facework and Communicative Strategies for Managing Uncertainty
Committee: Martin (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Brann, Weber, Kershner (Community Medicine—WVU)

2011

Daniel H. Mansson

Using Mentoring Enactment Theory to Explore the Doctoral Student-Faculty Mentoring Relationship
Committee: Myers (chair), Brann, Dillow, Martin, Edwards (Communication Studies—Western Michigan University)

2010

Kerry A. Byrnes

Adult Children of Alcoholics’ Perceptions of Communicative Exchanges with Family Members and Outsiders
Committee: Brann (Chair), Martin, Myers, Weber, Reger-Nash (Community Medicine—WVU)

Brandi N. Frisby

Communicative Facework in Marital Dissolution and Post-dissolution Processes
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Dillow, Martin, Weber, Walls (Educational Psychology—WVU)

2009

Sean M. Horan

Understanding the Expression and Implications of Deceptive Affectionate Messages
Committee: Booth-Butterfield (Chair), Chory, Dillow, Martin, Frymier (Communication Studies—Miami University)

Carrie D. Kennedy-Lightsey

When Two Become One: Marital Couples’ Public Performances and Couple Identity
Committee: Martin (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Dillow, Weber, Goeres (Educational Leadership—WVU)

Paul E. Madlock

The Development of Technological Management Model: A Conceptualization of Computer Technology in the Workplace
Committee: Avtgis (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Chory, Martin, Westerman, Rancer (Communication Studies—University of Akron)

2007

Alan K. Goodboy

The Effect of Teacher Confirmation on Student Communication and Learning Outcomes
Committee: Myers (Chair), Booth-Butterfield, Martin, Weber, Hursh (Educational Psychology—WVU)

Katie Neary Dunleavy

Student Nagging Behavior in the College Classroom
Committee: Martin (Chair), Brann, Booth-Butterfield, Myers, Weber, Walls (Educational Psychology—WVU)

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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 – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu
Mary Donato – mdonato4@mix.wvu.edu

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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