Tommy Bobbitt is a first-year doctoral student from Williamstown, West Virginia. Tommy’s interests include sports communication, mediated communication, and instructional communication. Particularly, his research interests include the athlete-coach relationship, sports media influences, communication on social media platforms, perceptions of news media, and expanding instructional communication into other contexts such as athletic coaching and professional training.
Tommy completed his B.A. in communication at Queens University of Charlotte, with minors in journalism and marketing, and completed his M.A. in communication studies at West Virginia University. As an undergraduate, he competed on the track and field team as a decathlete, was a part of Alpha Tau Omega, and received an award from the Knight School of Communication for having the highest grade point average in the Communications Major of his graduating class. As a graduate student, Tommy has presented his research at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in a graduate poster session and was a teaching assistant for COMM 104 (Fundamentals of Public Communication), COMM 112 (Fundamentals of Group Communication), COMM 305 (Appreciation of the Motion Picture), and COMM 316 (Intercultural Communication). He taught an online, asynchronous version of COMM 104 (Fundamentals of Public Communication) over the summer.
Tommy is currently teaching COMM 104 (Fundamentals of Public Communication).