Communication Feature

Apr 10, 2014

Study Finds Gaming Augments Players’ Social Lives

New research finds that online social behavior isn’t replacing offline social behavior in the gaming community. Instead, online gaming is expanding players’ social lives. Nick Taylor, an assistant professor of communication at NC State, is lead author of a paper on the study.

Mar 13, 2014


The NC State Department of Communication hosts its annual COM WEEK March 31 through April 3, 2014. Visit for complete schedule.

Feb 19, 2014

Dean for a Day Diaries

Not even Snowmageddon 2014 could stop the college's "Dean for a Day" from taking place. Our fearless student-turned-dean Tiffany Johnson and dean-turned-student Jeff Braden plowed through their schedules, albeit with modifications borne of Mother Nature. Read their diaries.

Feb 6, 2014

NC State Students Bring Nonprofit’s Work to Life

Two Communication students volunteered their skills and talents to a local nonprofit. Zach Swann and Cameron McCarty have created a video to help PLM Families Together tell the story of moving families from homelessness to places of stability and hope.

Feb 2, 2014

Winter Break Journey to Africa

While many students and faculty choose to rest and spend time with family during break, four faculty, four students and one community friend chose to participate in the AACC Pearl of Africa Uganda Winter Program. The NC State group, led by Dr. James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Associate Professor of Communication and Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, Associate Professor of English and Director of African American Cultural Center as well as Africana Studies...

Jan 30, 2014

Dr. Freddi Hamilton Cobb Delivers COM December Graduate Student Commencement Address

Fredessa (Freddi) Hamilton Cobb, who earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media, was selected to deliver the graduate student speech at the Department of Communication's December commencement.

Nov 4, 2013

Weight Loss Not Always Beneficial for Romantic Relationships

Losing weight is generally beneficial for human health, but when one partner in a romantic relationship loses weight, it doesn’t always have a positive effect on the relationship. According to new research from NC State and the University of Texas at Austin, there can be a “dark side” to weight loss, if both partners are not on board with enacting healthy changes.

Nov 1, 2013

Communication Media Concentration Readies Graduates

As it has since its beginnings in the 1970s, the video production sequence at NC State maintains a focus on career preparation. Jim Alchediak, senior lecturer and advisor, makes it a priority to stay current with his field’s technology in […]

Aug 1, 2013

NASCAR Internship Sets Wheels in Motion

There’s nothing quite like an internship to take you out of your comfort zone and send you around the learning track at very high speeds. Just ask Cameron McCarty, a senior in Communication, who is spending his summer as a broadcast engineering intern with NASCAR.

Jul 15, 2013

No Worries for New Teachers

New teachers worry whether their students will like them, question their credibility, or worse: learn nothing worthwhile. Professor of Communication Deanna Dannels has coached hundreds of new teachers and hears these very concerns and the questions that arise from them. In her new book, Eight Essential Questions Teachers Ask: A Guidebook for Communicating with Students (Oxford University Press, 2014), Dannels shows teachers how to overcome their concerns by understanding the research, learning from mentors, and facing their fears.