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Communication Studies

Michael P. Boyle, Ph.D.

Michael Boyle


E-mail: Michael P. Boyle, Ph.D.

Office: Main Hall 502
Phone: 610-436-2114

Office hours: T/Th 10:00-11:00am and W 9:00am-12:00pm

Courses Tought:
  • COM224: Research Methods
  • COM502: Graduate Research Methods

Dr. Boyle's research focuses on how news media present issues to the public, how and why people use media, and the implications of news coverage and media use patterns on subsequent outcomes such as information seeking, public opinion, and perceptions of media effects. Much of his work has specifically addressed news treatment of protest groups and how such treatment affects participation in the political process. These research studies typically fall into one of three categories:

  1. Media content studies that consider what people are reading/watching/etc.
  2. Media processes studies that consider how media effects work.
  3. Media outcomes studies that consider what happens after exposure to the media.

He is the co-author of the research methods textbook Applied Communication Research Methods: Getting Started as a Researcher. His work has also been published in book chapters, invited volumes, and journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Broadcast & Electronic Media, Atlantic Journal of Communication, American Behavioral Scientist, International Journal of Press/Politics, and Journal of Communication, among others. Please check out his VITAE for download in Word format for a full list of publications and selected conference presentations.

His primary teaching areas are Research Methods (COM224), Video Production (COM217 & COM317), and Mass Communication (COM212). He also teaches a course on Mass Media & Protest (COM499). At Fall 2011 commencement, Dr. Boyle received the E. Riley Holman Memorial Faculty Award given to a WCU faculty member who uses innovative teaching techniques that foster student creativity. Dr. Boyle is also the Television Station Faculty Coordinator for Verizon Channel 33: WCCTV (West Chester Community Television). The station represents a partnership between WCU and West Chester Borough and provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in television and video production to reach a larger audience. The station hit the airwaves in May of 2012.

Dr. Boyle received his B.A. in Media Studies from East Stroudsburg University, his M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Delaware, and his Ph.D. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Boyle happily joined the faculty of West Chester University in 2006.

Recent representative publications: Boyle, M.P. (2015). A tale of two sites: Journalist perspectives and patterns in coverage of Occupy Wall Street. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 3, 17-35.

McLeod, D.M., Shah, D.V., Schmierbach, M.G., Boyle, M.P., & Armstrong, C.L. (2015). Group perceptions and expressive action. In D.M. McLeod and D.V. Shah (Eds.), Covering “Big Brother”: How News Frames Shape Support for National Security (pp. 143- 156), New York: Cambridge University Press.

Boyle, M.P., Schmierbach, M., & McLeod, D.M. (2013). Pre-existing factors or media effect?: Understanding the third person perception. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 21, 230-246.

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