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As an interdisciplinary center, there are always a variety of ongoing projects and partnerships utilizing the SMLC. Learn more about the people conducting some of this cutting-edge research.

SMLC Leadership

Joseph P. Mazer, Ph.D., Directory SMLCJoseph P. Mazer, Ph.D., Director, SMLC

Dr. Joseph P. Mazer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Clemson University. He is also the Director of the Social Media Listening Center, a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and teaching facility that seeks to monitor, measure, and engage in social media conversations from across the web and provide learning, teaching, research, and partnership opportunities to students, faculty, collaborative research partners, and external clients.

Dr. Mazer’s research interests include communication in teaching and learning contexts, social media and new technologies, communication in interpersonal relationships, and measurement issues and trends in communication research. He has authored or co-authored over 70 research articles, book chapters, and books and has been ranked in the top 1% of prolific scholars in the communication discipline for the past 10 years, according to studies published in Communication Education, a national journal published by the National Communication Association. A July 2017 study named him among the top five influential scholars in instructional communication. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and other organizations and discussed in media outlets, including USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education, and ESPN. He joins William Seiler and Melissa Beall as a member of the authorship team for Communication: Making Connections, a top-selling introductory communication course textbook (in its 11th edition) published by Pearson. His research has been recognized through top paper and panel awards from the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association and through the Lightsey Fellowship, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, and the University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award at Clemson University.

Throughout his career, he taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Communication Theory, Quantitative Research Methods, Interpersonal Communication, and Social Media Analytics. The quality of Dr. Mazer’s work as a teacher and mentor has garnered multiple honors, including the Outstanding New Teacher Award given to individuals early in their career who show distinction as teachers (2013, Central States Communication Association); the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award given by the Clemson University Department of Communication Studies undergraduate student body for excellence in teaching and dedication to student success (2012, Dr. Mazer was the first recipient of this award); and a Faculty-in-Residence appointment (2014-2016, Clemson University) to provide leadership on faculty-student interaction outside of the classroom and increase the personalization of the residence halls.

Dr. Mazer is an active member of the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association where he has held several leadership roles. He is currently a member of the NCA Teaching and Learning Council and former Chair of the Instructional Development Division of NCA. He is serving a three-year term as Editor of the Basic Communication Course Annual and recently completed a term as Consulting Editor for Forums for Communication Education. Dr. Mazer serves on editorial boards for several journals in the communication discipline and completed terms as Associate Editor of the Basic Communication Course Annual and Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Mazer received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University, a master’s degree in Communication from Illinois State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Mansfield University. He is the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Young Graduate Alumnus Award from the faculty in Illinois State University’s School of Communication.

Amanda Moore, Associate Director of the SMLC, LecturerAmanda Moore, Associate Director of the SMLC, Lecturer

As a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Amanda instructs over eighty students each semester, providing them with an overview of theoretical approaches to the study of communication and public speaking. In her role, she implements practical instruction in public speaking, assists students in developing and understanding the process of communication and provides students with one-on-one instruction. Additionally, she serves as the Associate Director of the Social Media Listening Center, on the Department of Communication Basic Courses Committee, on the Southern Margins Film Festival Committee and as a member of the Faculty Friends program. Previously, Amanda served as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Loggerhead Marinelife Center. In her role, she primarily focused on creating strategic advertising campaigns and promotions for targeting new local and global audiences, as well as securing grants for the organization. Throughout her studies and work experience, she has developed a passion for strategy and research with an emphasis on digital platforms.