West Virginia Universitys Department of Communication Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences possesses the most prolific group of researchers in the field, according to a report by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The department is ranked first in the number of research publications produced. Additionally, six of the departments faculty are recognized as being among the top 50 researchers in the field during the 1996-2001 period. They are:

  • Dr. James McCroskey was ranked first, with 33 articles from 1996 to 2001. He has authored a total of 143 articles.
  • Dr. Matthew Martin, department chair, was ranked third, with 25 articles from 1996 to 2001, and 34 total articles.
  • Dr. Scott Myers was ranked fourth. He authored 24 articles from 1996 to 2001 and has published 27 articles in his career.
  • Dr. Theodore Avtgis tied for 12 th with 16 articles published from 1996-2001, the total for his career.
  • Dr. Virginia Richmond was ranked 14 th with 15 articles published from 1996 to 2001. She has authored a total of 67 articles in her career.
  • Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield tied for 26 th. From 1996 to 2001, she authored nine articles and has published 30 in her career.

This study found that the WVU Department of Communication Studies is the premier department for communication studies research, possibly answering why the major is one of the Universitys most popular and the colleges second most popular minor.

The study of communication studies investigates the different patterns of human communication behavior. The field encompasses a broad range of inquiry into human interactions using mathematical models and statistical explorations. Communication scholars seek to discover the mechanisms and rules that govern the wide range of communication activities. Scholars conduct observation-based research that has more in common with biology and psychology than with the humanities.

I am extremely excited that faculty members in the Department of Communication Studies have been recognized as authorities in research in their fields of study,said Rudolph Almasy, interim dean of the college.Because of how prolific these faculty are in their research, our students are in the hands of the most knowledgeable instructors in the nation.