LSU Assistant Professor Graham Bodie Recognized as a Top Communication Scholar

01/09/2013 10:35 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Graham Bodie finished 2012 in a big way by receiving two prestigious recognitions in the field of communication.

Bodie was named one of the most prolific scholars in the field of communication, ranking in the top 1 percent of scholars who published articles in communication journals from 2007 to 2011, based on a study published in Communication Education. This evaluation of productivity is based on a selection of journals historically considered representative of the communication discipline generally.

According to the article, “Prolific Scholarship in Communication Studies: Five Years in Review,” the purpose of this study was “to ascertain who the most prolific scholars (top one percent) in Communication Studies were as a function of their publication rates in 24 journals for the last five years.”

In the five-year period from 2007 to 2011, 3,501 different communication scholars published at least one article in this set of journals, and Bodie’s 10 published articles put him in the top 1 percent. The full study can be read at$Content/Departmental+Highlights+Homepage/$file/prolific.pdf.

Bodie also received the 2012 Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, or NCA. The Interpersonal Division is the largest interest group division at NCA. The award was established to recognize “a scholar whose body of work contributes significantly to knowledge of interpersonal communication and shows promise for continued contributions.”

Bodie, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University, has been an assistant professor at LSU since August 2008. His research interests include listening and information processing. His specific areas of interest are the component processes of active-empathic listening, listening as supportive communication, individual differences in listening styles and concepts and measurement validation.

Established in 1928, the LSU Department of Communication Studies is one of the oldest communication departments in the nation, granting the first communication Ph.D. in the South. Today, the department continues the rich tradition of humanistic inquiry by drawing from the insights of art, social science and philosophy to study the practice of communication. To study communication at LSU is to explore how people form, maintain and transform the symbolic environments they inhabit through rhetoric, performance and communicative interactions. The department is committed to using scholarship to inform and thereby improve practices of communication so as to enable the advancement of culture. For more information, visit

The LSU Department of Communication Studies is part of the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more on the college, visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013