Academic Summary

  • Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies: In my 8th year at the University of Wyoming's Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Education: PhD in communication from The Ohio State University in 2010; MA in mass communication from the University of Florida in 2006; BS in journalism from the University of Florida in 2004
  • Publication Summary: 16 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 co-authored book chapters, 43 conference paper presentations
  • Research Focus: Political communication, science communication
  • Research Methodology: Social scientific, quantitative, surveys, experiments, content analysis, focus groups
  • Statistical Background: Regression (linear, hierarchical, logistic), formal mediation and moderation analysis, ANOVA/MANOVA, SEM, multilevel modeling, panel data analysis
  • Funded Projects: $194,245 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a $20 million University of Wyoming EPSCoR grant; $7,500 grant from the German Embassy in the United States; $6,000 grant from the Malcolm Wallop Fund for Conversations on Democracy; $1,000 grant from the University of Wyoming Collge of Arts & Sciences; $350 grant from the Caitlin Long Excellence Fund
  • Teaching Experience: Please see the teaching page for additional teaching information. You may download the syllabi as well.
    • Science communication
    • Political communication
    • Multimedia journalism
    • Website design (HTML5, CSS3, Dreamweaver)
    • Introduction to mass media
    • Reporting and newswriting
    • Magazine and feature writing
    • Alternative media (graduate level)
    • Media literacy
    • Quantitative research methods (graduate level)
    • Persuasive communication
    • Visual communication
  • Master's Student Advising: Chaired 18 thesis committees, served on 15 thesis committees as a member
  • Service Summary: Member of editorial board for Mass Communication & Society, current teaching panel chair for AEJMC's Communication Theory & Methodology division, original web developer for NCA's Political Communication Division, former web master for AEJMC's Communication Theory & Methodology division, former faculty senate representative for department, current member of the department's curriculum, graduate, and vision committees (current), former member of the dpeartment's finance, personnel, and job search committees.
  • Outreach Summary: Moderator and organizer for a workshop on Demystifying the Media: A Guide for Scientists (May 2017), panelist for the Media and Politics panel at the first Wyoming Youth Voter Summit (Oct. 2016), instructor at the Wyoming High School Student Press Association (Oct. 2016) and Wyoming Press Association (Jan. 2012), panelist for post-debate analysis in the 2016 presidential election (Sept. 2016), instructor at the first Wyoming Citizen Science Conference (Dec. 2016), instructor for the GEAR UP program at UW.

Current Position: AssOCIATE Professor

I am an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of Wyoming. Since starting here in 2010, I have led the department in its creation of a new media specialization.

At the undergraduate level, I have taught Multimedia Journalism, Web Design, Political Communication, Science Communication, Introduction to Mass Media, Magazine & Feature Writing, Reporting and Newswriting, and Media Literacy. I've been so impressed with my students' work ethic, drive, and creativity.

At the graduate level, I teach the Graduate-Level Quantitative Research Methods, where students learned an overview of survey research, experimental design, content analysis, and statistical analysis. I have also taught a special topics course on Alternative Media and Society. We examined how alternative and emerging media outlets and technologies (e.g., mobile technology, social media, satire) influence political, health, and social outcomes.

The majority of my research revolves around media psychology, persuasion, and information processing. Primarily using social scientific and quantitative research methods, I am interested in how media impact attitude, affect, behavior, and cognition. Within this domain, I have developed three programmatic lines of research: entertainment and satire, communication technology, and science communication and journalism.

Background: Doctorate Degree

I earned my doctorate degree from the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2010. I'm very proud to say that it is definitively one of the best communication graduate programs in the US. During my time at OSU, I was an author on 5 journal articles that were either published or in-press at the time I graduated. I became a multi-method researcher; I use surveys, focus groups, and experimental design in my research. I'm also versed in quantitative content analysis. Statistical abilities include structural equation modeling, OLS regression, and formal mediation/moderation investigation.

Teaching is a passion of mine. I taught persuasive communication, visual communication, research methods, and news writing, reporting, and editing. I know my teaching experience during my graduate program allowed me to walk confidently into my classrooms at the University of Wyoming.

I think the COPS group (Communication, Opinion, and Political Studies Group at Ohio State) has helped me achieve my goals. I am forever indebted to the fantastic advice and constructive criticism that the faculty and graduate students gave me during my practice conference presentations, my practice job talk, and my presentations of embryonic research ideas. The weekly meetings to share our research, formulative ideas, and political insights was invaluable. Fortunately, I was able to create a research group like that at the University of Wyoming during the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Background: Bachelor's & Master's Degrees

As a journalism major at the University of Florida, I became interested in an academic career when I earned an undergraduate research grant to study the 2002 Florida gubernatorial race. In addition, I interned at The Gainesville Sun twice as a metro/business reporter and an online reporter. I graduated summa cum laude in May 2004 with a bachelor's degree in journalism (online media) from the College of Journalism and Communications.

While in the Master's program in Mass Communication at UF, I worked primarily with Lynda Lee Kaid and fellow graduate students studying political campaigns. My thesis involved content analyzing the major broadcast news and cable networks' coverage of terrorism in the 2004 presidential election. I was an author on 4 published journal articles and 5 book chapters during my bachelor's and master's degrees.