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Research, Teaching and Service


The faculty is nationally recognized for research endeavors. Faculty members consistently receive Top Paper honors at regional and national conventions and publish numerous articles every year in state, regional, national and international journals. Many of these papers and articles are co-written with graduate students. Additionally, faculty members Melanie Booth-Butterfield, Matthew M. Martin, Scott A. Myers have been identified as being among the Top 100 researchers in the communication studies discipline and were also identified as being among the Top 50 researchers in their discipline from 1996-2001. Most recently, Melanie Booth-Butterfield, Matthew M. Martin, Scott A. Myers and Brian R. Patterson have been identified as being among the most prolific researchers published in Communication Research Reports over the last twenty years.


The faculty is committed to providing a quality educational experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. As such, the faculty has received a number of teaching awards that reaffirm this commitment. Several faculty members have been recognized by the Eastern Communication Association, the Western Communication Association and the International Communication Association for their effective instruction in the classroom.


The faculty is heavily involved in providing service to the communication discipline. Not only do faculty members serve as paper readers, paper respondents and Interest Group Chairs at regional and national conventions, but they serve on a number of editorial boards for multidisciplinary journals such as "Communication Monographs," "Psychological Reports," and "Communication Quarterly," to name a few. Faculty members have served as editors of "Communication Quarterly," "Communication Research Reports," and "Communication Teacher." In addition, Melanie Booth-Butterfield has served as president of the Eastern Communication Association.