Category Archives: Faculty


Dr. Laura Stafford, director of the Bowling Green State University School of Media and Communication was recognized the recipient of the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication.

By any metric, Laura Stafford has been a highly-productive scholar, authoring approximately 70 publications [40 journal articles, three books (authored or edited), and multiple chapters and book reviews]. What sets her apart, however, is that her work consistently pushes the field of Communication in new directions; her work truly stands the test of time. Stafford’s research on relational maintenance as well as her research on distance and communication have influenced multiple generations of researchers, and her groundbreaking book (with C. Bayer) on parent-child communication, published in 1993, titled Interaction Between Parents and Children (Sage), was among the “first to offer an interdisciplinary integration of research on parent-child interaction.”

Dr. Stafford will be formally recognized at the award ceremony during the NCA 102nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia. The Awards Presentation follows the NCA Presidential Address on Saturday, November 12 that begins at 5:00 p.m. in Grand Salon E – Level 5 in the Marriott Downtown.

NFL players participated in the BGSU NFL Journalism and Radio Boot Camp

Thirteen NFL players participated in the BGSU NFL Journalism and Radio Boot Camp April 14-17. Faculty participants included Dr. Jim Foust, Dr. Terry Rentner and Kelly Taylor from the Department of Journalism and Public Relations; Dr. Lori Liggett and Stephen Merrill from the Department of Media Production and Studies; and Dr. Nancy Spencer from the Sport Management Department. The event is part of the NFL Player Engagement Program.

NFL Boot Camp 4/17/2016

Dr. Laura Stafford was recognized with the 2016 Faculty Senate Leadership as a Chair/School Director Award

Dr. Laura Stafford, director of the Bowling Green State University School of Media and Communication was recognized with the 2016 Faculty Senate Leadership as a Chair/School Director Award on April 14.

Laura-Stafford-BGPX8071Stafford, who received $1,000 and a commemorative plaque, has been instrumental in her two years as director, leading curricular revisions in the school’s three undergraduate departments with the goal of boosting enrollment and retaining majors.

She also has facilitated the creation of three new graduate certificate programs, an applied master’s degree in Media and Communication for adult learners, and a pathway for undergraduate students to matriculate smoothly into graduate courses as part of the 4+1 program.

As if Stafford’s professional accomplishments don’t stand out on their own, Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, professor and chair of the communication department, said her personality traits also make her a deserving recipient.

“The most remarkable qualities that Dr. Stafford brings are an abundance of optimism and realism,” said Gonzalez, who nominated Stafford for the award. “Her optimism fuels our forward progress while her realism guides the use of our time for maximum efficiency. She seems to have an innate balance between what we would like to get done and what we can get done.

“Dr. Stafford is always of good cheer through victories and setbacks. She is transparent in her decision-making, even-handed in balancing the interests of the three departments and always a fierce advocate for the instructional and research needs of students and faculty in SMC.”

Many faculty members cite Stafford’s calm and fair demeanor as well as her preparation and strong advocacy for the department’s programs as key to being a role model for teaching, research and service.

“Laura Stafford is a true professional in every way, but it is the personal care and attention she gives all of us that truly bonds us together as a department,” a contributor wrote in a letter composed by a selection committee.

Another nominator pointed out that Stafford’s leadership has been invaluable to the telecommunications department during the transformation of South Hall into a state-of-the-art media and communications center.

“I believe that Dr. Stafford’s leadership style embodies the core values at BGSU,” Gonzalez said. “She treats faculty with respect, she meets opportunities and challenges with creativity and innovation, and her energy, scholarly productivity and administrative attention to detail model her pursuit of excellence.”

Stafford arrived as a professor at BGSU in 2013 after stints at the University of Kentucky, where she was chair, and Ohio State University. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

Link to BGSU News:

Kuhlin Center Update


Newly Named Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center

High-tech home for School of Media and Communications to open this fall

SMC Academic Spotlight


Emerging Media Research Cluster Spring Open Presentations


Emerging Media Research Cluster

School of Media and Communication

Spring 2016  Open Presentations
West Hall 310


March 25  Friday     1:30 p.m

  1. “Effects of Data Collection Mode and Response Entry Device on Survey Response Quality” 

by Louisa Ha, Chenjie Zhang and Weiwei Jiang

(2016 Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Conference (ITERA) Katherine Snow Research Award Finalist)

  1. “Persuasion Knowledge and The Third-Person Effect in the World of User-Generated Content: the Use of YouTube Product Review Videos, Electronic Word-of-Mouth and Online Video Advertising”

by Louisa Ha, Chang Bi, Ruonan Zhang, Chenjie Zhang, Liu Yang, Tao Zhang, Jarrett Connelly, Mohammad Abuljadail and Ling Fang (Work in Progress)


April 15 Friday  1:30 p.m.

“Current Citation Trends of Journalism and Mass Communication Scholarship and the Role of Total Online Access as a Predictor of Citations” 

by  Louisa Ha, Weiwei  Jiang, Chang Bi, Ruonan Zhang, Tao Zheng and Xiaoli Wen

(Paper accepted by the World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, July, 2016)

April 22  Friday 1:30 p.m.

  1. “Smartphone Literacy, Loneliness, and Ego-Integrity Among Older Adults”

by Kisun Kim (Paper accepted by the 2016 International Communication Association Conference”

  1. “Parasocial Interaction with YouTubers”

by Ruonan Zhang (Work in Progress)


Public Relations Students participate in Rally to fight Heroin Epidemic


Students from the senior capstone public relations campaigns class in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations participated in a rally against heroin sponsored by Team Recovery. The rally took place on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Zepf Center in Toledo.  The students in Dr. Terry Rentner’s class are working this semester with the Wood Co. Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services  Board  (ADAMHS) to create a campaign to address the stigmas of heroin addiction, provide help for those with heroin and prescription drug addictions, provide support for their families and friends, and reduce  the heroin epidemic in Northwest Ohio.

The special issue of the Journal of Family Communication, Critical Approaches to Family Communication Research, Dr. Faulkner coedited is now published

Message from Dr. Faulkner

I am pleased to share the news that the special issue of the Journal of Family Communication, Critical Approaches to Family Communication Research: Representation, Critique, and Praxis, I coedited with Beth Suter is now published.

I have an editorial in the issue. The fun is that the editorial is in the footnotes of the creative nonfiction piece. If you can’t download it, message me for a copy.

You will find groundbreaking pieces by Keith Berry and Tony Adams, Caryn Medved, Kristina Sharp and Lindsey Thomas, Dan Strasser, Erika L. Kirby, Sarah E. Riforgiate, Isolde K. Anderson, Mary P. Lahman & Alison M. Lietzenmayer.

This issue is terrific! 

COMM Scholarships and Awards 2016

1423485718622Each spring, scholarships and awards are earned by Communication students, recognizing dedication and excellence within the field. Scholarships and awards are conferred each spring at the annual school and department honors ceremonies: This year the ceremony is scheduled for April 8, 2016. Application deadline for the scholarships and awards is 5pm, Friday, February, 19, 2016. Application packet can be downloaded here.