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LSU is Home to One of the World’s Top Listening Scholars

Graham Bodie Commended at International Listening Association’s Fall Executive Board Meeting

10/06/2011 08:48 AM

BATON ROUGE – Graham D. Bodie, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at LSU, was commended at the fall executive board meeting of the International Listening Association, or ILA, for his continued excellence in listening research as well as his commitment to advancing listening around the world.


Bodie, one of the world’s top listening scholars, continues to mentor graduate students and to share his expertise with colleagues, especially in relation to research. Already this year, Bodie has accomplished an amazing feat of earning four distinct listening research awards, which topped the previous record he set in 2009 when he earned three. Each year, he brings groups of graduate students who he mentors to the annual listening convention; and at this year’s event held this past March, a group of his students received top honors for their research, with which Bodie assisted them.


One of the individuals Bodie brought to the listening convention a couple of years ago has since been elected to serve on the ILA Executive Board, Michelle Pence, who is currently a graduate student at LSU.


According to Pence, “On behalf of all LSU students, we’re extremely grateful for all the opportunities the ILA has given us; and we are forever grateful for the guidance of Graham Bodie.”


No stranger to research awards, Bodie consistently earns recognition for his keen insights into and unique ways of viewing listening, which have helped to advance the research and have made him a popular presenter and conversationalist at many events. Individuals are often heard commenting on how brilliant this young man is; yet, he continues to be approachable and has a great sense of humor as well, attributes that add to his qualities as a listening leader. Other faculty make certain their students attending the convention listen to Bodie’s and his students’ presentations with the full confidence that the findings will be based on solid research.


In addition to publishing extensively in the International Journal of Listening, which has a tough acceptance rate of about 30 percent, Bodie has also written articles for Communication Research, Communication Education, Communication Yearbook, Communication Quarterly and Health Marketing Quarterly, among others.


Bodie has been active in the ILA for more than 11 years, first joining as an undergraduate student at Auburn University. Later, his doctoral research at Purdue University earned him yet another research award.


The ILA is a professional organization whose members represent 16 countries and 41 U.S. states, as well as Washington, D.C. Associates are dedicated to advancing the vision of the ILA, which is to be the international leader of listening practices, teaching and research. The organization meets at annual conventions and regional conferences to share information, to support research efforts, and to promote the practice and teaching of effective listening. The cooperative and engaging atmosphere also provides the opportunity to share applied, theoretical and strategic ideas.


Since its formation in 1979, ILA has promoted the study, development and teaching of effective listening in all settings. Although listening is at the root of communication, it remains an interdisciplinary topic. So, it’s no surprise that members have diverse backgrounds. Consult the member directory, and find professionals working in the arts, business, education, government, health care, human resources, the media, spirituality, and training and development. For further information about the ILA, visit

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