Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.

Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Phone: 757-352-4203

CV CV (pdf)

Dr. Stephen D. Perry is the Associate Dean for Academics and Professor in the School of Communication and the Arts, and teaches research methods and philosophy & communication courses in the Ph.D. and MA programs in Communication Studies, Strategic Communication, and Journalism. He previously spent 17 years on the faculty at Illinois State University, and he served as a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Mauritius in the Republic of Mauritius. He is a broadcast historian, media effects scholar, and has published studies on media technology.

Perry earned an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He has published 25 journal articles, eight book chapters, and three books. His articles have been published in the Journal of Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Radio Studies, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Convergence, and Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly among others. He edited the journal Mass Communication and Society from 2008-2013. His professional media experience has included television, radio, print, and political public relations. He has also served as an elected public official.

Academic Philosophy

Scholarly study is not simply to prepare people for jobs. It is to teach people how to evaluate ideas and data in a rigorous and systematic way. It is to help us understand the different ways of knowing, whether through science, revelation, or humanistic exploration. In the field of communication, academics don't just inform the most profitable approaches to various communication pursuits. Instead, scholarship help us understand how the choices we make in the media we produce, consume, and utilize affect the fabric of society for good or ill. It teaches us about how the technology that should be serving us all too often finds us made in its image instead of God's.

Selected Publications

Perry, S. D. (2014). CBS's long distance radio experiment: Broadcasting the Adventures of Admiral Byrd from Little America. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 21, 80-95.

Perry, S. D. (2013). The meaning of contemporary Christian music for Evangelicals. In Robert H. Woods (Ed.) Evangelical Christians and popular culture: Pop goes the culture (vol. 2, pp. 119-132). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing.

Bissell, K., & Perry, S. D. (Eds.) (2013). Olympics, Media, and Society. London: Routledge.

Perry, S. D. (2013). The demise of live radio entertainment in the Heartland: A case study. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 20, 134-150.

Moore, M. & Perry, S. D. (2012). Oughts vs. ends: Seeking an ethical normative standard for journal acceptance rate calculation methods. Journal of Academic Ethics, 10, 113-121.

Perry, S. D. (2011). Radio promotion history: Crafting image and loyalty via philatelic ephemera. The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 9, 145-159.

Perry, S. D., Trunnell, D., Ellis, C., & Kazoleas, D. (2009). Commercial quality influence on perceptions of television news. Electronic News, 3, 32-51.

Perry, S. D. & Lee, K. C. (2007). Mobile phone text messaging overuse among developing world university students. Communicatio, 33(2), 63-79.

Perry, S. D. (2007). Tsunami warning dissemination in Mauritius. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 35(4), 399-417.

Baldwin, J., Perry, S. D., & Moffitt, M. A. (Eds.) (2004). Communication Theories for Everyday Life Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Longman.


Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1995
M.A., University of Alabama, 1993
B.S., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1987

Fields of Expertise

  • Broadcast history
  • Media Effects on Public Opinion
  • News and Warning Dissemination
  • Academic Publishing