Awards & Honors

Becker Family Teacher of the Year Award, College of Communication, Boston University, Boston, MA (2019).

Co-Investigator of research project: Physical and social human-robot interaction for fall prevention and gait rehabilitation (R. P. Khurshid, Principal Investigator and J. J. Cummings, Co-Investigator), sponsored by BU Digital Health Initiative Research Incubation Award Spring 2018, Boston University, Boston, MA, #2018-02-007, funded $13,056 (2018 – 2020).

Teacher of the Year Award, Division of Emerging Media Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA (2017).

Principal Investigator of research project: The meaningful effects of social media on television viewers participatory involvement and sense of community (H. F. Lin and H. Y. Tsai, Co-Investigators), sponsored by Research Center for Humanity and Social Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan, funded NT450,000/$14,848 (2016 – 2018).

Co-Principal Investigator of research project: Responses to political advertisements, sponsored by College of Communication, Boston University, funded $1,500 (2016).

Top Faculty Paper Award, Entertainment Studies Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada (2014).

40 Under 40 (Nominated as one of 40 inspirational professors based on ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, interact with students outside of class, and collaborate on research projects), NerdScholar (2014).

Top Faculty Paper Award, Mass Communication Division, International Communication Association, Seattle, WA (2014).

Top Faculty Paper Award, Mass Communication Division, National Communication Association, Orlando, FL (2012).

Principal Investigator of research project: Intercultural examination of social media and entertainment use and effects, sponsored by College of Communication, Boston University, funded $30,000 (2011 – 2015).

Highest Rated University Professor (Top 25 in United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom based on student ratings), RateMyProfessors.com (2011 – 2012).

 Recipients of the Top Faculty Paper Award IN THE Mass Communication Division at the 2011 ICA Conference in Boston, MA
Recipients of the Top Faculty Paper Award IN THE Mass Communication Division at the 2011 ICA Conference in Boston, MA

Co-Investigator of research project: Whos following Twitter? Examining coverage of the microblogging phenomenon by mainstream news media (D. S. Chung, Principal Investigator), sponsored by National Science Foundation, Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education & the Professoriate, HRD-0450339, funded $4,000 (2011).

Lyndon Baines Johnson Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, College of Communication, Boston University, Boston, MA (2011).

Top Faculty Paper Award, Mass Communication Division, International Communication Association, Boston, MA (2011).

Promising Professor Award ceremony at the 2010 AEJMC Convention in Denver, CO
Promising Professor Award ceremony at the 2010 AEJMC Convention in Denver, CO

Promising Professor Award, Mass Communication Division and Graduate Education Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Denver, CO (2010).

International Communication Association Travel Grant, awarded $300 (2010).

Top Student Paper Award, Mass Communication Division, International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany (2006).

Douglas and Claudia Anderson Graduate Scholarship in Communications, College of Communications, Penn State University, (2006).

 Recipients of the Guido H. Stempel, III Student Research Paper Award at the 2004 AEJMC Convention in Toronto, Canada
Recipients of the Guido H. Stempel, III Student Research Paper Award at the 2004 AEJMC Convention in Toronto, Canada

Guido H. Stempel, III Student Research Paper Award, Graduate Education Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto, Canada, (2004).

Robert W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship, College of Communications, Penn State University, (2003 – 2004).

High Honors, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan (2002).

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (1999 – 2002).

University Honors, University of Michigan (2000, 2001).

Class Honors, University of Michigan (1999, 2000).