Ashland University Communication Students and Professors Attend Convention

Senior Christina Miadich (left) and senior Megan Wise pose with Dr. Ted Avtgis, professor of communication studies.

5/2/13 ASHLAND, OH — Two Ashland University Communication seniors -- Christina Miadich and Megan Wise -- made presentations at the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) convention, while faculty member Dr. Ted Avtgis received an award at the event.

Dr. Avtgis, who is professor of communication studies and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the ECA Journal Communication Research Reports, received the Teaching Fellow Award at the ECA Convention.

The teaching fellow award recognizes a distinguished career of teaching excellence in the field of communication and is limited to colleagues who have active and continuous service to ECA. Potential candidates must be a living member of ECA at the time of nomination and have a minimum of 10 years of consecutive ECA membership.

“I was truly humbled to be named Teaching Fellow for the Eastern Communication Association,” Avtgis said. “Being inducted into a society to which my own mentors belong is something that is almost surreal and unimaginable when I started teaching in 1993. Perhaps the most rewarding part was that some of my very best doctoral, masters and undergraduate students from institutions where I have taught in the past as well as my very special current AU students who were at the conference presenting their own research were all in attendance.”

Senior Megan Wise of North Canton, OH, presented her work “Detecting Deceptive Communication through Computer Mediated Technology: Applying Interpersonal Deception Theory to Texting Behavior.” She is the daughter of Warren and Margaret Wise. A 2009 graduate of Hoover High School, Wise is majoring in Speech Communication at Ashland University.

“Presenting at the Eastern Communication Association Conference was an incredible experience for me both as a student and a professional,” Wise said. “I had the opportunity to present my research on a regional platform and I was also able to network with individuals in the communications field. I had a great time presenting my research on deceptive communication via text messaging and I enjoyed engaging in conversation with professionals who provided me with ideas to further my research.”

Senior Christina Miadich of Garfield Heights, OH, presented her work titled “The Theory of Interpersonal Communication Motives: A Review of Literature” during the convention. She is the daughter of Gus and Deborah Miadich. A 2009 graduate of Trinity High School, Miadich is double majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication.

“Being able to present at the Eastern Communication Conference was a remarkable opportunity and great way to end my senior year,” Miadich said. “I am fortunate that the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University is motivating students to complete their own research and encouraging them to present their research at conferences because it is a wonderful chance to grow as a student.”

Dr. Dariela Rodriguez, assistant professor of communication studies, also attended the ECA convention.

ECA is the oldest professional communication association in the United States. As a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching, the association welcomes members who share the goals and objectives of a membership dedicated to participation in state, regional, and national activity.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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