I teach and supervise students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, with courses and opportunities described separately.
I am developing several courses based on my research interests and my teaching experience in my prior position at Cornell University. I will also be serving as the coordinator for the Digital Media Module in the School of Communication. I also direct the Social Media Lab, where we are always seeking excellent undergraduate research assistants to assist with projects. Those interested should become familiar with our projects and get in touch with our lab manager.
I teach the following courses, for which enrollment is strictly limited to undergraduates:
COMM ST TBA: Communication and Technology
This course addresses three approaches to understanding technology and its role in human behavior and society. The course begins by discussing the factors that inform and shape the design of everyday objects and our virtual world, considering research in human-computer interactions that reflects and reveals communication practices and contexts. Next the course examines the psychological aspects of computer mediated communication and virtual collaboration, including impression relations, groups dynamics and social networks. Finally, the course explores the ways in which human communication is situated inside of social and institutional structures, and cultural formations; and with that in mind, it will examine the complex interaction between information technology and society.
This course is a prerequisite for the Digital Media Module.
COMM ST TBA: Collaboration Technology (Winter Quarter)
This course focuses on understanding communication and behavior in groups, with a particular focus on the unique and sometimes difficult issues raised by the collaborative use of communication and computing technologies. Topics include theories of group and organizational behavior, interpersonal awareness, privacy, trust, technology-mediated communication, and technology evaluation and adoption.
At the graduate level, I supervise student research projects in the Social Media Lab and teach a small number of graduate seminars. Students already at NU who are interested in learning more about my projects and research opportunities should get in touch with me directly. Prospective graduate students should explore the two programs in the School of Communication with which I am affiliated: Technology and Social Behavior and Media, Technology and Society.
I have so far taught one course at the graduate level:
MTS 525 Special Topics in Communication: Social Interactions Online
Awareness of others’ behavior and attention is fundamental to interaction, whether face-to-face, online or in between. The goal of this seminar is to draw on a range of literature in a broad discussion of how people behave in the presence of others, how they form impressions and learn about what others are doing, and how these behaviors combine in the process of coordinating interaction. This discussion will be motivated by the dual goals of improving students’ ability to design systems to support online interaction, and thinking toward an integrated theoretical framework for understanding these behaviors. Assignments will include papers exploring theoretical questions of interest and/or development of prototype systems to support awareness and attention in groups.