Category Archives: COMM

Dr. Stafford’s Research Published in Recent Issue of Journal of Family Issues

Dr. Laura Stafford, SMC Director, with co-author Prabu David has published  “A Relational Approach to Religion and Spirituality in Marriage The Role of Couples’ Religious Communication in Marital Satisfaction” in recent issue of Journal of Family Issues. Using a relational model of religion and spirituality in marriage, the study examined the role of individual relationship with God, couple’s joint religious communication, and forgiveness as predictors of marital satisfaction. Here is the direct link to this article



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.

To read the article, please visit:



Falcon Forensics Team Sweeps Double Header in New York


December 8, 2014

Right down the road from 42nd and Broadway, the BGSU Falcon Forensics and Debate Team were putting on a show-stopper of their own, winning back-to-back tournaments in New York.  The tournaments were hosted by Suffolk and Nassau College on December 6 & 7, 2014 and featured exceptional competition from colleges and Universities ranging from El Camino College in California to Seton Hall of New Jersey to Bridgewater of Connecticut to Texas at El Paso.

The team combined its efforts to amass a 120+ point lead over second place Texas College of El Paso with over 80% of the BGSU’s events earning final rounds. Combined, BGSU team members brought home 68 awards, including 5 of the top 6 individual speaker awards (Spencer Coile, Evan Kelly, Chris Stack, Matthew Thompson and Lexi Martinez).  In individual events, BGSU earned 13 event championships in the categories of Communication Analysis, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Poetry Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, DUO Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Prose Interpretation. Overall, this was the most successful tournament weekend in 4 years as BGSU’s success culminated in a big win of the “Overall Swing Tournament Champion” honor for the weekend.  This tournament caps the fall term, one of the most successful for the Falcons as they have earned top team honors at multiple tournaments and are positioned for a run at the top 10 national team ranking at the National Forensics Association Championship Tournament in April.  Thus far, BGSU students have qualified a record breaking 62 events for this year’s nationals through events which began their development back in June.

Leading the success this weekend were seniors Spencer Coile (Illinois), Chris Stack (Pennsylvania) and Lexi Martinez (Texas). Members, Brooke Deck, Angela Perretta, Lindsay Bolding, Dylan House (Ohio), Evan Kelly (Illinois), Megan McGill (Texas) and Matthew Thompson (Florida) mounted impressive performances, with each member of the team earning multiple final rounds at the competition.   “This was an amazing tournament. I am truly proud of their accomplishments, especially since our team is so young.” “Forensics, like most activities, relies on the experience of a group’s members.  Our team really matured this weekend and it showed in the quality of their performance.” said Paul Wesley Alday, Director of Forensics and Debate.

See attached file with the listing of individual awards. individual_awards2014

Recent Publication on Social Exchange Theories by Dr. Stafford

The book chapter, “Social Exchange Theories: Calculating the Rewards and Costs of Personal Relationships”  written by  school director, Laura Stafford, was just published in the second edition of Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication edited by Dawn O. Braithwaite and Paul Schrodt (SAGE Publications, Inc, 2014). book

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:


COMM 2030 in the news

For the second year (4th semester), BGSU students and older adults of Bowling Green have worked together to build relationships and skills as they have bonded over technology at BG’s Senior Center and downtown library. College students enrolled in small group communication courses at BGSU have been conducting workshops for older adults from Bowling Green and surrounding communities to help the older adults better understand tablets (e.g., iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and Galaxys). The workshops were launched and continue at the WCCOA; they have now been expanded to include workshops at the Wood County District Public Library (WCDPL).

We held our second “graduation” celebration November 6 in the Dining Room at the Wood County Senior Center. The older adults brought delicious food, the WCCOA provided coffee, plates, etc., and BGSU’s Office of Service Learning covered additional beverages. We all enjoyed the poignant speech delivered by our graduation speaker, Dr. Dale Klopfer,  an Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Friends, family, and interested members of the public  joined the student teachers and older adult students in celebrating accomplishments in learning more about each other, teaching, leading, and technology.

Check out this great article in The Sentinel-Tribune and  the project’s Facebook page:

Even better news? We still have a few spots open if you’re interested in enrolling in COMM 2030 Spring 2015!

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.