Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield
Professor and Peggy Rardin McConnell Chair of Speech Communication
Department of Communication Studies
Armstrong Hall, Room 108
P.O. Box 6293
Morgantown, WV 26506
Office Phone: (304) 293-3905
Interpersonal and Relational Communication, Humor Enactment, Emotion and Cognition
My professional emphasis is on using one-to-one communication to address real-life interpersonal and social problems – both in my research and teaching. This emphasis involves both application of existing communication concepts to new issues as well as developing new approaches, and examining communication using nontypical samples of respondents. I am open to empirical research across various interpersonal areas, such as relational communication, humor enactments, and how personality affects our interactions.
Most recently, Dr. Booth-Butterfield has conducted research in the areas of communication emotion and cognition, processes and outcomes involved with humor enactments (e.g., Humor Orientation), and a variety of interpersonal/relational communication issues. In 2006, Dr. Booth-Butterfield was named the McConnell Chair in Speech Communication and is currently serving her second three-year term with this endowed Chair. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and books, is the immediate past editor of Communication Education, and thoroughly enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia