A West Virginia University communications studies professor whose work touches on everything from humor to anxiety in the way people interact has been honored by her peers for her teaching and research.

Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield was inducted as a Teaching Fellow and a Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association during that organization’s recent convention in Pittsburgh .

She is only the third person in the history of organization to receive both its teaching award and research award in the same year.

Teaching and research are what drives the professor, who joined WVU ’s Department of Communications Studies in 1985. Her peers have also recognized her as one of”100 leading scholars”in the field, especially noting her extensive output of research from 1996-2001.

“Based on her research record and her dedication to the ECA , both as a former editor of its journals and as a former president, I cannot think of a person more deserving of this recognition,”said Dr. Matthew Martin, chair of WVU ’s Department of Communication Studies.

“The opportunity to work with Melanie was one of the reasons I came to WVU ,”fellow professor Dr. Scott Myers said.”We have recognized for years her research productivity and teaching excellence. West Virginia University is fortunate to have Dr. Booth-Butterfield as a member of our academic community.”

Booth-Butterfield earned a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is currently studying how emotion affects and colors communication with physicians and other health care professionals.

The Department of Communications Studies is housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.