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Dr. Nicholas David Bowman

Associate Professor
Research Associate, Media and Interaction Lab
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Applied Coaching & Sport Sciences
Dr. Nicholas David Bowman(315x350)

Contact Information

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

Office Phone: (304) 293-3905

Research Interests

My academic interests are concerned with understanding how communication technology has changed the way we share and respond to mass information. As our social world becomes increasingly mediated and virtual, I study how media users respond cognitively and emotionally to mediation as well as if an how they differentiate between the real and virtual worlds.

An avid entertainment technology fan, Dr. Bowman is particularly interested in understanding the popularity of video games not only as a leisure activity, but as a place for community discourse, a training ground for human interaction, and a space for observational and experiential learning. Finally, as a former journalist Nick studies how communication technology has influenced the speed, accuracy, and utility of news information for today’s multimedia audiences. Dr. Bowman’s research has been published in Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.

At WVU, Dr. Bowman also oversees the Interaction Lab and maintains an active research blog “On Media Theory…”.


Ph.D., Michigan State University
Institute for Social Research @ University of Michigan
M.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis
B.A., University of Missouri-St. Louis


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 –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


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