Nicholas David Bowman, Ph.D.

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News and Announcements


06.04.16 (8:30 a.m., GMT +1): Morgantown, WV, USA -- Later this evening, I will be accepting an award from the WVU Foundation as one of six Outstanding Teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. This is one of WVU's most prestigious awards for teaching, and I could not be more excited to represent WVU Communication Studies and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. We'll try to get a few photos of the ceremony, and of course some more proper recognition of the 1000s of students that made this possible. For now, I'm just humbled and excited for this evening, and for my future classrooms.

20.01.16 (9:09 p.m., GMT +1): Morgantown, WV, USA -- Heading into the Spring 2016 semester, I am honored to have been named one of West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teacher Awards for 2016. I've had an amazing run at WVU since June 2011, and I'm thrilled to represent the students and colleagues from WVU Communication Studies.

08.11.15 (1:59 p.m.., GMT +1): Morgantown, WV, USA -- An incredibly busy Fall 2015 has our Interaction Lab gearing up for the National Communication Association conference in Las Vegas. If you're on Twitter, follow me at @bowmanspartan and/or follow the #NCA15 tag to catch up on our many studies - we're be presenting on news and agenda-setting in China, using video games for improving narrative comprehension, pornography in video games, and teaching "safe techs." More soon!


About me

A graduate of Michigan State University (Ph.D Communication, '10), I am an Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University where I also work in the Interaction Lab (#ixlab).

  Sitting outside Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, CO.

In my scholarship, I study the psychology of communication technology and its implications for human communication. My current research looks to replicate and extend the work on selective exposure and mood management theory to video game play. Along with this, recent work of mine has examined the effects of audience presence on video game performance, the appeal of violent content in video games and films, naturally-mapped video games and the formation and implementation of mental models. You can read up on my research activities here.

In addition to these research interests, I am particularly intrigued with newer communication technologies, such as social media and other communication platforms. A central tenet of my research is that the most important feature of media is not the content or the technology, but the user - and I use this approach to understand how we interact with technology, what we gain or lose from it, and how it affects us. Having grown up with technology constantly around me, I am in constant awe at how "going tech" has affected society. As a side note, check out my Twitter [here] or Facebook [here].

Outside of academia, I'm a former sportswriter and college athlete (okay, cheerleader) and an avid sports fan. I am an all-too-passionate supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals (baseball); but I will play and watch just about any athletic event; so far, the most fun I've had in any competition was a trial luging run in Muskegon, MI. My favorite season of the year is college football season, where I pull for my alma mater Michigan State University and my new school West Virginia University. Having lived in Michigan for the better part of the last decade, I have slowly become a hockey fan as well; especially my Michigan State Spartans. If you haven't checked these teams out, you don't know what you're missing! Outside of this - and in true media scholarship "research is mesearch fashion" - I'm also a collector of comic books (view the collection online here) and classic video games (yet to be archived). When I'm not doing all of this, I'm spending a good deal of time traveling with my partner-in-crime Jaime Banks, a colleague and Assistant Professor here at WVU. She's a pretty damn clever new media scholar herself, so follower her Twitter @amperjay.

Want to know more? Be in touch. If I'm not online, I'm probably up to no good. Tshcuss, und ciao!