Oliver honored as International Communication Association Fellow

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State distinguished professor Mary Beth Oliver has been granted fellow status in the International Communication Association.

Oliver, a member of the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, will be honored Saturday, May 24, during ICA’s annual conference in Seattle. The primary consideration for nomination to fellow status is a documented record of scholarly achievement.

Oliver specializes in media and psychology, focusing on both the psychological effects of media and on viewers’ attraction to or enjoyment of media content. Her research includes studies pertaining to emotional and cognitive responses to media entertainment, media violence (including horror and suspenseful films), reality-based television programs, gender and media, and media portrayals of racial groups and the effects of such portrayals on viewers’ racial attitudes.

Oliver teaches media effects, communication research methods and data analysis. She has co-edited two books: Media and Social Life (2014, Routledge) and Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research (2008, Routledge); and her work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, among others.

She was the recipient of a Fulbright award in 2006 to study media stereotyping of Maori populations in New Zealand. She currently serves as co-editor of the journal Media Psychology and has served as associate editor of the Journal of Communication and Communication Theory.

ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now counts more than 4,800 members in 77 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association.

Last Updated May 23, 2014