Academic Positions

Associate Professor, 2017-present
Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Graduate Faculty, Prevention Science
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Assistant Professor, 2012-2017
Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Graduate Faculty, Prevention Science
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Assistant Professor, 2010-2012
Communication
Maryville University, St Louis, MO

Education

Ph.D., 2006-2010
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication
Advisor: Prof. Dhavan Shah
Dissertation: “Does it matter where you read the news story? Interplay of news frames and incivility in the political blogosphere”.  

M.S., 2003-2005
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Major: Journalism & Mass Communication

Selected Grants

A Randomized Trial of Letting Go and Staying Connected, an Interactive Parenting Intervention to Reduce Risky Behaviors Among Students. . NIH, Co-Investigator, 2016-2020; $3,169,671

Faculty Seed Grant, Washington State University, Principle Investigator, 2015-2017; $22,438

Pilot grant from The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Washington State University, Principle Investigator, 2014-2016; $29,987   

Finch Center for Teaching and Learning research grant, Maryville University, Principle Investigator, 2011-2012; $5000

Research Grant, Maryville University, Principle Investigator, 2010-2011; $5000

Selected Awards & Scholarships

Top Method Paper Award, Communication Theory and Methodology Division, AEJMC, 2017

Top 2 Faculty Paper Award, Communication Theory and Methodology Division, AEJMC, 2017

Outstanding mentorship for communication graduate students, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, 2015. 

Rossy Award for outstanding mentorship, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, 2014. 

Promising Professor Teaching Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2011.

Finch Center for Teaching and Learning Summer Grant, Maryville University, Summer 2011.

Top Student Paper, Guido Stempel Prize, Graduate Education Interest Group, AEJMC, August 2010.

Doctoral Scholarship, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2010.

Winner, International Student Photo Contest, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring, 2010.

Doctoral Fellowship, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring 2010.

Doctoral Research Award, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2008. 

Top Student Paper, Visual Communication Division, AEJMC, August 2006.

Top Student Paper, International Communication Division, AEJMC August 2006.

Kappa Tau Alpha (National Honor Society/Journalism & Mass Communication), Research Award, August 2006.

The Honor Society of Kappa Tau Alpha Award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2004-2005.

Cleo Fitzsimmons Scholarship, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2004.

Peter Meehan Scholarship, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2004. 
   
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2003-2004.