Category Archives: Faculty

TOP PAPER AWARD for docmc and SMC graduate students Wang, Tettah, and Lee (Univ. GA)

Dr. Magsamen-Conrad (dept. of communication) and SMC graduate students Fang Wang and Dinah Tettah, and University of Georgia graduate student Yen-I Lee received a Top Paper Award from the Communication and Technology Interest group. They will present the paper in April at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association.

Their research discovered support for the ability of components of the Unified Theory of Adoption and Use of Technology to predict New Communication Technology intention and use (42%, controlling for age and gender), with facilitating conditions alone accounting for 26% of the variance. They were also able to explain more than 50% of the variance in e-health literacy combining UTAUT variables and CEW Fluency (computer-email-web fluency, performance expectancy, and effort expectancy explained 54% variance of e-health literacy). Finally, they found significant difference between generational groups across all variables, further explaining generational effects on attitudes towards NCTs and e-health literacy, which may have implications for health self-management. Results underscore a need to highlight the broader benefits of NCT literacy as opposed to representing it as a generational phenomenon to improve e-health literacy of older generations.

Magsamen-Conrad, K., Wang, F, Tettah, D., & Lee, Y-I. (2015, April). Generational differences in NCTs: An intergroup investigation of UTAUT determinants, computer-email-web fluency, and e-health literacy. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Communication and Technology Interest Group Submission), Philadelphia, PA.

SMC Graduate students Abuljadail, Wang, & Yang, and TCOMM Professor Dr. Ha have a new book chapter in press

Mohammad Abuljadail, Dr. Louisa Ha, Fang Wang & Liu Yang’s co-authored paper, “What Motivates Online Shoppers to “Like” Brands’ Facebook Fan Pages?” was accepted to be published as a refereed book chapter in the book Human Behavior, Psychology and Social Interaction in the Digital Era.

docmc honored in Ohio Magazine

Dr. Magsamen-Conrad was honored in Ohio Magazine’s annual Excellence in Education section as a Memorable Educator. Each year Ohio Magazine recognizes “remarkably talented and passionate teachers” from Ohio’s colleges and universities who engage students in “real-world learning experiences that are vital to a well-rounded education.”

docmc honored in Ohio Magazine
docmc honored in Ohio Magazine

Dr. Hanasono & the ADVANCE Research Team receive a major grant from the Building Strength Research Program

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research recently awarded Dr. Lisa Hanasono and the ADVANCE Research Team a major grant from the Building Strength Program. The grant ($10,000) will fund an interdisciplinary research project that examines how cultural, institutional, individual, and communication factors support and inhibit the career advancement of women faculty in STEM disciplines.

Dr. Hanasono, Lanming Chen, & Dr. Wilson Share Research Findings on Discrimination & Coping

Dr. Lisa Hanasono, along with co-authors Lanming Chen (MA from BGSU’s School of Media & Communication, 2013) and Dr. Steve Wilson, shared their research on discrimination and coping in the most recent edition of Communication Currents.

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Dr. Dowd’s commentary on the ideologies of technological neutrality and determinism appeared on “Figure/Ground”

Dr. Dowd’s commentary on the ideologies of technological neutrality and determinism within contemporary educational discourses appeared on “Figure/Ground.” For more, follow this link:


Illness management – It’s an “Us” Thing

When one person in a couple or a family has an illness the whole unit is affected. Our own Dr. MC has a series of publications exploring dyadic illness management (couples managing cancer or chronic illness) with her colleagues Dr. Kathryn Greene (Rutgers University), Dr. Maria Venetis (Purdue University), and Dr. Maria Checton (College of St. Elizabeth). The most recent publication came out in Health, Education, and Behavior yesterday (you should be able to access it here:  You may have seen the earlier post about another publication that was in press at Communication Monographs – that publication is now available as well (

Congrats Drs MC, Greene, Venetis, and Checton!

Dr. Laura Stafford, SMC Director, has “Blue brides: Exploring postnuptial depression” accepted for publication in Journal of Family Issues

Dr. Laura Stafford, SMC Director, has “Blue brides: Exploring postnuptial depression” accepted for publication in Journal of Family Issues. The study delves into under-recognized depression among newly married women.

Stafford, L., & Scott, A.M. (in press). Blue brides: Exploring postnuptial depression. Journal of Family Issues.

Dr. Al Gonzalez was honored today at the 21st Latino Issues Conference “A Community at a Crossroads: The Intersections of Immigration and Identity.”

Dr. Al Gonzalez was honored today at the 21st Latino Issues Conference “A Community at a Crossroads: The Intersections of Immigration and Identity.”

Dr. Gonzalez received the highest honor award from the Latino Issues Conference which is the Dr. Miguel Ornelas Award. This award is given in honor of Dr. Miguel Ornelas, a former Human Relations Commission member and Director of Affirmative Action at Bowling Green State University. Before his death in 1989, Dr. Ornelas served as an advocate for issues of diversity, as head of the Ohio Hispanic Institute of Opportunity and as a member of the BGSU Graduate Student Senate, Third World Graduate Association, and La Union de Estudiantes Latinos (LSU). He was the recipient of the first Hispanic Award from Project Search. Dr. Ornelas touched the lives of all who came in contact with him. The Dr. Miguel Ornelas Award is intended to bring attention to the actions and services of those who reflect Dr. Ornelas’ values.

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Dr. Gonzalez received this award for his long history at BGSU. His background at BGSU goes back decades beginning as an undergraduate student and one the initial students involved with the newly founded Union de Estudiantes Latinos (LSU).

Dr. Gonzalez has served as an administrator and faculty member and currently serves as the Department Head for the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to this role, Dr. Gonzalez served as an Assistant Provost with responsibilities for enrollment management. On campus, he has been engaged with the Latino/a community in different levels from being a part of the Latino Issues Conference, Cinco de Mayo and other efforts like the Dia de los Muertos event. Further, Dr. Gonzalez is active and engaged member of the community as well. A lot of his work has cetered with the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center in Toledo, where he has served on its Board and its Board President. More recently, he was part of the group that helped to establish La Conexion de Wood County where he currently serves as the first Board Chair of the organization.




Tangled Yarn, Tangled Wires: Women and Millenials Labor​ towards Digital Globalization



Dr. Gajjala to present at Globalization, Gender and Development Conference on ” Tangled Yarn, Tangled Wires:  Women and Millenials Labor​ towards Digital Globalization” in Eugene Oregon, in October 2014