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Dr. Jaime Banks

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Contact Information

Department of Communication Studies
Armstrong Hall, Room 108
P.O. Box 6293
Morgantown, WV 26506

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905
Email: jabanks@mail.wvu.edu

Twitter: @amperjay


Research Interests

Dr. Banks’ research is situated at the intersections of communication technology and human identity. In particular, she examines questions about the nature of human-technology relationships – from wearable technologies and smartphones to game avatars and social media profiles – and how those relationships influence a communicator’s sense of Self. Theoretically, she draws from actor-network theory to examine identities as assemblages. Methodologically, she embraces qualitative and mixed methodologies, including novel integrations of social network analysis, phenomenology, and grounded theory. Dr. Banks’ research has been published in such journals as New Media & Society and Information, Communication & Society, and she is a research associate at WVU’s Interaction Lab (#ixlab).

Education

Ph.D., Colorado State University
M.S., Colorado State University
B.A., Mesa State College

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Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu
Mary Donato – mdonato4@mix.wvu.edu

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Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application