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Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.
Interim Senior Associate DeanRobertson School of Government757.352.4203

Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.


Dr. Stephen Perry is the Interim Senior Associate Dean of the Robertson School of Government, and a Professor in the School of Communication and the Arts. He teaches research methods and philosophy & communication courses in the Ph.D. and M.A. 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 M.A. 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.


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


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.


Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Religion and Media Interest Group, Mass Communication and Society; Broadcast Education Association, History Division, Vice Chair 2013-2015, Management & Sales Division, International Division, Radio and Audio Media Division; Religious Communication Association, Mass Media Division; New England Historical and Genealogical Society


Treyes Award (Mass Communication and Society Division Service Award) (2013) Given for a career of dedicated service to the AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Division.

Fulbright Fellow (2004-2005)

Lecturing/Research award to the University of Mauritius in Reduit, Mauritius for 10 month academic year.

Research Initiative Award (2000), Illinois State University

Competitive award to junior faculty who show significant accomplishments and a promising research agenda.

NATPE Faculty Fellow (1999) Competitive selection to attend the Annual Convention of the National Association of Television Producers and Executives, New Orleans.