Adam is a doctoral student in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He holds a B.S. in computer science, a B.A. in a history, and an M.A. in media studies, all from Stanford University, and an M.A. in communication from Annenberg. At Annenberg, Adam researches the psychology of human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, and video games; shared cognition in small groups; media effects; and the history of computers and new media. Adam is currently working on his dissertation, which integrates theories of computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction, and small group communication to look at transactive memory systems, social presence, and communication processes in video game teams.
Adam is passionate about undergraduate teaching and mentorship. In the Fall of 2012, he will be teaching Small Group and Team Communication as an Assistant Lecturer. Previously, he has served as a teaching assistant for two introductory level courses: Communication and Social Science and Communication and Technology. In addition, Adam is a strong supporter of undergraduate research, having served as head teaching assistant for Empirical Research in Communication, where he taught a majority of the lectures on statistics. He also uses undergraduate research assistants whenever he can so they can get a taste of what communication scholars actually do. Adam is very interested in novel methods of evaluating students. He believes strongly in open-book exams that stress thoughtful application instead of memorization. He is also working on a research project with Professor Henry Jenkins as to how to apply communication theory to design exams that can be taken by groups instead of individuals. They will be deploying this test in a large undergraduate lecture at Annenberg in the Fall of 2012.