Heath A. Howard
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Originally from Birmingham, AL, Heath A. Howard is in the third year of the PhD program at WVU. Before arriving in Morgantown, Heath earned a Bachelor of Arts Communication and Information Sciences and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from The University of Alabama. During his time at UA, Heath participated in research surrounding topics such as the violation of language norms, deception in negotiation, and the influence of class on wage negotiation. Heath’s current research interests include relational deception tactics, perceptions of message veracity, and the influence of nonverbal interactions on trust in the workplace. Across his research areas, Heath is interested in answering two key questions: “What can explain the reasons for individuals communicating in hurtful ways?” and “To what extent does truth bias influence perceived veracity of messages?”
Heath has taught courses in public speaking, nonverbal communication, organizational communication, and interpersonal communication. This fall, Heath is teaching COMM 306, Organizational Communication, where students are introduced to a broad range of topics including organizational assimilation, management, and conflict, and COMM 102, Interpersonal Communication.