Jul 31, 2014
By Chris Shaw
Sheida Shirvani, professor of communication studies and Academic Division coordinator at Ohio University Zanesville, recently presented her academic work in Hyderabad, India, at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference.
Shirvani’s two papers were accepted among many that were submitted for the conference theme of “Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice.” She and her colleague, Christina Paschyn of Northwestern University, presented "Human Mobility, Social Ties and Role Prediction: Role of Gender and Religion on the Social Network in Muslim Countries" in the category of gender and technology. In the category of Media Education Research: Skills for Media Literacy, Shirvani presented "Facebook in the College Classroom: An Alternative Strategy for Promoting Communication Interaction as a Teaching Tool."
The IAMCR aims to support and develop media and communication research throughout the world. It particularly encourages the participation of emerging scholars, women and those from economically disadvantaged regions. As a communications educator and scholar, Shirvani seeks out opportunities to expand her range of scholarly material to enhance her students’ classroom experiences.
“I am pleased to bring new and updated resources to share with my students,” Shirvani said of attending the conference. “Having the opportunity to share scholarly work is a win-win for educators and students alike.”