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Bonnie McCracken Nickels

Visiting Lecturer
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

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Bonnie McCracken Nickels

Visiting Lecturer
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

Bio

Dr. McCracken Nickels has a B.A. in Communication from SUNY Geneseo, a M.S. in Communication from RIT, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University at Buffalo. Since joining the School of Communication faculty in 2016, she has taught various communication courses, including interpersonal, persuasion, health communication, and mass communication. 

Dr. McCracken Nickels conducts research on interpersonal relationships with a focus on difficult conversations and disenfranchised relationships. Specifically, she examines end-of-life communication in the contexts of health care, family, and mediated portrayals, supportive communication interactions, and relationship maintenance in the context of separation by incarceration. Her work has been presented at national and regional conferences, won Top Paper in the Health Communication division at Eastern Communication Association in 2017, and has been published in peer-review journals such as Health Communication and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying

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Currently Teaching

COMM-302
3 Credits
Interpersonal communication provides analysis and application of the major theories of interpersonal communication in various situations. The course focuses on perception of self and others, language use, nonverbal communication, and symbolic interaction in the communication of shared meanings in face-to-face and mediated interpersonal relationships. There is a strong focus on both conflict management and intercultural interactions.
COMM-305
3 Credits
An in-depth study of the theories, practices, effects, and ethics of persuasion. Persuasion is defined as human communication designed to influence one’s beliefs, values, attitudes, and actions. This course examines persuasion from a receiver-oriented perspective with interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mediated perspectives.
COMM-489
1 - 4 Credits
An in-depth examination of a selected aspect of the communication discipline (e.g. strategic communication, technical communication, visual communication, computer mediated communication, advertising, public relations, journalism). Special Topics in Communication can be taken multiple times provided the topic being studied has changed.
COMM-101
3 Credits
An introduction to the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of oral, visual, and written communication. Introduces basic communication models, the role of language in communication, symbols and symbol making, issues of audience analysis, and the development of different modes of discourse. Also explores the history of communication and introduces students to basic principles and research in communication studies.

Select Scholarship

Invited Keynote/Presentation
Nickels, Bonnie M. "Serving time together: Strategies and barriers for relational maintenance during incarceration." Eastern Communication Association 2019 Conference. Eastern Communication Association. Providence, RI. 12 Apr. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Nickels, Bonnie M. "“I’m so sorry for your loss”: The practice of providing emotional support in Veterinary medicine." Eastern Communication Association 2017 Conference. Eastern Communication Association. Boston, MA. 31 Mar. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Nickels, Bonnie M. and Thomas H. Feeley. "End-of-life in veterinary medicine." National Communication Association 2016 Conference. National Communication Association. Las Vegas, NV. 20 Nov. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Nickels, Bonnie M. "End-of-life as a communication context for research: A look into the National Communication Association journals." National Communication Association 2016 Conference. National Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA. 10 Nov. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Nickels, Bonnie M. "Cultural constructions of the good death: Case studies in communication about what it means to die well." Eastern Communication Association 2015 Conference. Eastern Communication Association. Philadelphia, PA. 24 Apr. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Journal Paper
Nickels, Bonnie M. and Thomas H. Feeley. "Breaking Bad News in Veterinary Medicine." Health Communication. (2017): 1-9. Web.
Nickels, Bonnie M. and Kelly E. Tenzek. "End-of-Life in Disney and Pixar Films: An Opportunity for Engaging in Difficult Conversation." Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. (2017): 0. Web.
Anker, Ashley E., et al. "Measuring the effectiveness of mass-mediated health campaigns through meta-analysis." Journal of Health Communication 21. (2016): 439-456. Web.
Book Chapter
McCracken, Bonnie J., Lance S. Rintamaki, and David M. Peek. "Breaking bad news during physician patient interactions." Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical and Applied Approaches. Ed. Maria Brann. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing co, 2015. 35-46. Print.