Dr. Nicole Eugene
Assistant Professor of Communication
"I encourage all of my students to apply the concepts we are learning so they can ensure they will finish the class as competent communicators in their personal and professional lives."
- Ph.D. in Communication Studies – Ohio University, 2017
- M.A. in Communications Studies – Ohio University, 2014
- M.A. in American Cultural Studies – Bowling Green State University, 2006
- B.A. in Sociology with Art minor – Spelman College, 2003
I have presented research internationally and have published a number of articles on communication and other disciplines. My research focuses on the intersection of health communication and disability studies.
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In which online bachelor's degree programs do you teach?
Which classes do you teach in the online?
Intercultural Communication, Group and Team Communication
What types of projects can students expect in your online courses?
I include FlipGrid video assignments in my class because it amplifies student voice while allowing me to really get to know my students. This also means that students improve their oral communication skills in my classes. For both of my online classes I have a film analysis paper that allows students to watch a film while applying concepts from the courses. Learning can be difficult at times, so there is no harm in enjoying a good film in the process.
What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?
I encourage all of my students to apply the concepts we are learning so they can ensure they will finish the class as competent communicators in their personal and professional lives. In a nut shell, being a competent communicator means being able to listen effectively while also assessing situational features to craft a meaningful message to accomplish a shared goal.
What advice would you give to those considering an online bachelor's degree program?
Life goes on while the semester trucks along. Several students have navigated family emergencies, delivered babies, repaired troubled marriages and much more—all while being enrolled in classes. The secret to having a complicated life while also being an online student is making sure you keep the lines of communication open between you and the instructor. Don't put off getting in contact and explaining what is happening. More specifically, ask for an extension before the due date instead of just submitting something late and dealing with the consequences. At UHV we truly want everyone to succeed.
What is the value of a bachelor's degree? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?
A B.A. or B.S. degree is a basic requirement for numerous job opportunities in today's economy. Students in our B.A. and B.S. in Communication programs are learning to use communication to reach professional objectives. Every week I hear how students are applying what they learned to their jobs and personal lives. Graduates from our programs will be prepared to lead groups and teams, take on leadership positions, make dynamic and effective presentations, engage with people who are from different cultures, and navigate various dimensions of complex organizations.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Sean Covey