Michael Horning has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Horning is one of 27 new tenure-track faculty members at the college this fall. The new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. The college has added more than 100 full-time permanent faculty members in the past four years.

Horning’s research interests include the social and psychological effects of communication technologies, specifically, how new technologies facilitate civic and political engagement. His latest work involves developing and testing mobile and Web-based applications that support engagement with local news and community service organizations. 

He will teach multimedia reporting and visual media.

Horning has presented at international conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals, including Computers in Human Behavior and the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society. He is a co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming “Communication and Information Technologies Annual 2014: Politics, Participation, and Production.”

Horning received his bachelor's degree from Liberty University, a master's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University