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WKU faculty member honored for paper on changes in parent-teacher communication

WKU Associate Professor of Communication Blair Thompson will receive the Top Paper in Communication Education award from the Central States Communication Association for his work on The Changing Nature of Parent-Teacher Communication: Mode Selection in the Smartphone Era.

Blair Thompson

Blair Thompson

“This award is a real testament to quality scholarship,” said Jimmie Manning, CSCA Executive Director. “This year we received many high-quality papers, and only the very best could be selected to present at the conference. Being at the top of that pile says a lot!”

The paper focuses on parent-teacher communication that is evolving due to smartphones and other new communication technologies. Dr. Thompson, who co-authored the paper with Clemson professor Joseph P. Mazer, formed a study with 1,349 parents to assess the frequency and importance of parent-teacher communication across modes. The data revealed an increase in parents’ preference for frequent e-mail communication as well as for emerging modes of parent-teacher communication such as text messaging and social media.

The award will be presented April 18 at the CSCA 2015 Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Thompson teaches courses in interpersonal communication and instructional communication, among others. His research includes school crisis communication, parent-teacher communication, student academic support and computer-mediated communication, among others. He has served as Basic Course Director for the Communication Department for the past seven years.

The Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is a professional, academic organization of primary and secondary school teachers, students, college and university professors, and communication professionals. CSCA was founded in 1931 to promote the communication discipline in educational, scholarly, and professional endeavors. The association, which consists of 13 Midwestern states, boasts over 800 members. It also hosts a yearly convention, maintains a website and publishes the journal Communication Studies.

Contact: Blair Thompson, (270) 745-5889

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