When I'm not in the office, I'm probably either shopping at the Metroplex area for my collection of accessories and home décor, or experimenting with different types of food ingredients and trying to come up with something tasty and exotic. I also really enjoy traveling. Each year I try to visit three cities that I have not explored before. This has been a lot of fun! Currently, Alaska, Hawaii, and Caribbean Sea are my next three targeted destinations.
My teaching and research focus on the dynamics of computer-mediated communication, social computing, decision-making in virtual groups, and the effect of new technology on social interactions and interpersonal relationships.
Recent Publications and/or Productions:
Wang, Z., Walther, J., & Hancock, J. (2009). Social identification and interpersonal perception in computer-mediated communication: Who you are versus what you do in virtual groups. Human Communication Research, 35, 59-85.
Wang, Z., Walther, J., Pingree, S., & Hawkins, R. (2008). Health information, credibility, homophily, and influence via the Internet: Web sites versus discussion groups. Health Communication, 23, 358-368.
Ramirez, A. & Wang, Z. (2008). When on-line meets off-line: An expectancy violation theory perspective on modality switching. Journal of Communication, 58, 20-39.
Communication and Relational Development
Advanced Interpersonal Communication
Communication and New Technology
Graduate Seminar on Computer-Mediated Communication
Grants & Contracts:
Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship, UNT, received in Feb 2010, $5000
Spanish Language Media Center Research Grant, Between two cultures: An investigation of Spanish language media use and cultural assimilation of Hispanic immigrants. UNT, Feb, 2009, $2000
Research Initiative Grant, Effect of information source on impression formation in social networking sites. UNT, $5000
Learning Enhancement Grant, Designing blended-format course Communication and New Technology, UNT, 2008, $5000
Research Initiative Grant, Exploring interpersonal attraction and group cohesiveness in virtual teams. UNT, 2008, $4000
Top Paper Award (2010), Communication Theory Division, Southern States Communication Association
Outstanding Dissertation Award (2008), Interpersonal Communication Division, International Communication Association
Top 3 Papers Award (2007) in Group Communication Division, National Communication Association
Top Student Paper Award (2007) in Group Communication Division, National Communication Association
Liu Memorial Award & Daisy Yen Wu Scholarship (2007) from Graduate School, Cornell University
Graduate Student Teaching Award (2006) from International Communication Association
Anson E. Rowe Award (2006) from the Department of Communication, Cornell University
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2006) from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Graduate Book Award (2006) from the International Student and Scholar Office, Cornell University