Lancaster – An Ohio University Lancaster Visiting Assistant Professor has won the Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. Shane Tilton will accept the award at the BEA annual convention in Las Vegas in April.
"I'm very excited and humbled," said Tilton. "I'm honored that the Broadcast Education Association considered my work worthy of this honor."
Established by Kenneth Harwood, professor at the University of Houston and a former president of the BEA, the award offers $1,000 for the outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in broadcasting and electronic media. The award was established through gifts started by Professor Harwood and a donation from a friend of BEA.
The Broadcast Education Association is a professional association for professors, industry professionals and students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. The Harwood award is a nationally competitive award.
Tilton won the Harwood award for his dissertation called "First year students in a foreign fabric: A triangulation study on Facebook as a method of coping/adjustment."
"It's a one year study of how freshman use Facebook to become adjusted to the first year of college," said Tilton. "It looks at how they share videos, music and pictures as a way of dealing with their feelings."
Tilton defended his dissertation at Ohio University in Athens in December. He is in charge of the Electronic Media Technology program at Ohio University Lancaster.