John A. Velez, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs: 2-4 pm
Ph.D., Ohio State University
B.A., University of Alabama
Dr. Velez researches and teaches about the benefits of new media technology, mainly focusing on the potential positive effects of playing video games. He is interested in promoting TTU's gaming culture by advising the student organizations Heads Up Display, Texas Tech Esports Association, and the Nintendo Appreciation Club. Dr. Velez also uses Minecraft to teach middle and high school students basic programming in the Minecrafter Camp hosted by the College of Media and Communication and conducted through IDEAL.
MCOM 5366: Seminar in Mass Communication Theory
EMC 3300: Electronic Media and Society
EMC 3308: Visual Communication
EMC 3375: Digital Gaming Culture
EMC 6315: Special Topics Seminar: Interactions with AI and Computer-Mediated Communication
McLaughlin, B. & Velez, J. A. (in press). Imagined politics: How different media platforms
transport citizens into political narratives. Social Science Computer Review
Velez, J. A. & Hanus, M. (2016). Self-affirmation theory and performance feedback: When scoring high makes you feel low. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19(12), 721-726.
Velez, J. A., Greitemeyer, T., Whitaker, J. L., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Bushman, B. J. (2016). Violent video games and reciprocity: The attenuating effects of cooperative game play on subsequent aggression. Communication Research, 43(4), 447-467.
Velez, J. A. (2015). Extending the theory of bounded generalized reciprocity: An explanation of the social benefits of cooperative video game play. Computers in Human Behavior, 48, 481-491.
2017 President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University
Outstanding Researcher Award, Texas Tech University
Nominated for 2018 Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award
College of Media & Communication
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