Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

Director of Graduate Programs in Communication


Dr. Perry hails most recently from the Midwest where he taught for 17 years at Illinois State University; held elected office for seven years as a member of the Bloomington Illinois School Board; was a candidate for state representative. He graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Mass Communication, 1987) in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also played on the tennis team. He spent four years running a painting company in Massachusetts before attending graduate school at the University of Alabama (Master of Arts in Telecommunication & Film, 1993; Ph.D. in Mass Communication, 1995).

Perry has also coached college tennis and an elementary school chess team. He spent a year teaching at the University of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean where he researched the warning dissemination in the wake of the 2004 tsunami. He taught at Stillman College in Alabama in the mid-90s.

His research interests include broadcast history, media effects on public opinion, and religion and media. He believes that “learning is just as much caught as taught.” Adding, “It is my responsibility, therefore, to model good performance in various forms to the students who seek to learn from me. I cannot expect them to excel if I don’t provide myself as an example of someone who can perform at a high level.”

Perry grew up in a pastor’s home in South Florida and later in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Rev. Kay Lynn Perry, planted two churches, one as lay people and one where she served as pastor while he led the music. He currently plays keyboards and sings tenor on a worship team in Virginia Beach.


Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Regent University, 2018
Article of the Year, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, 2017
Treyes Award, AEJMC Mass Communication and Society Division, 2016, 2013
Fulbright Fellow, Lecturing/Research award to the University of Mauritius, 2004-05


Gouse, V., Valentine-Lopez, M., Perry, S. D., & Nyamwange, B. (in press). An investigation of the
conceptualization of peace and war in peace journalism studies of media coverage of national and
international conflicts. Media War, & Conflict.

Besant, H., & Perry, S. D. (2017). Fantasy-Themes in Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign
Announcement Speech and Audience Reaction. In R. Denton (Ed.) Studies of communication in the 2016
presidential campaign. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Perry, S. D. (2017). A sponsor’s fight for audience: How General Foods promoted listenership for the
Byrd Expedition broadcasts. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 24, 339-356.DOI:
10.1080/19376529.2017.1362890. Awarded top article published in JRAM in 2017.

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

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. DOI: 10.1080/19376529.2013.778674.

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.  DOI: 10.1007/s10805

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.

Lee, K. C., & Perry, S. D. (2004). Student instant message use in a ubiquitous computing environment:
Effects of deficient self-regulation. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 48(3), 399-420.


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Meet Our Faculty

William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4216 willbro@regent.edu
Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

Undergraduate Communication Studies Program Coordinator

757.352.4254 kevicra@regent.edu
Michael Crews, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4333 mcrews@regent.edu
Michael D. Elam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4878 melam@regent.edu
Peter Fraser, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4562 pfraser@regent.edu
Eric Harrell, MFA

Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4211 eharrell@regent.edu
Barbara Harrington, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 bharrington@regent.edu
Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D.

Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Supervisor for MFA in Acting Program

757.352.4730 michhil@regent.edu
David Impellizzeri, ABD

Instructor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4237 dimpellizzer@regent.edu
John Keeler, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4248 johnkee@regent.edu
Don Krudop, DMA

Professional in Residence, Performing Arts & Music

Director of Choral Activities

757.352.4204 donkrud@regent.edu
Jeremy Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4221 jlarson@regent.edu
Micah Mattix, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4464 mmattix@regent.edu
Peggy Southerland, B.A.

Department Chair; Professional-in-Residence, Media & Visual Arts and Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4698 peggys@regent.edu
Caramine White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4614 cwhite@regent.edu
Vincent Williams, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757-352-4373 vwilliams@regent.edu
David Xu, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4235 dxu@regent.edu


Alexis Akridge, B.A.
Jayson Akridge, MFA
Blair Allen, M.A.
Stuart Bennett, MFA
J. Dennis Bounds, Ph.D.
Adam Bova, MFA
Chester Branch, Ph.D.
David Brush, M.A.
Alison Bugg, MFA
Kara Burk, B.A.
Michael Burnett, MFA
Heidi Campbell
Bethany Cragin-Day, MFA
Jonathan Cyprowski, M.A.
Gillette Elvgren, Ph.D.
Nelson Fong, J.D.
Craig Forrest, Ph.D.
David Foster, MFA
Joseph Frost, MFA
Terilyn Goins, Ph.D.
Judith Gooch, M.A.
Michael Graves, Ph.D.
Courtney Jackson, M.A.
Stanley Jeter, M.A.
Edward Johnson, Ph.D.
Peter Kenny, Ph.D.
Mark Keuthan, Ph.D.
Richard Klein, M.A.
Andrew Lease, MFA
Leon Leonidoff, B.A.
John McClary, M.A.
Rebecca McCoy-Reese, M.A.
Delceno Miles, M.A.
Stacey Miller, MPW
Robert Millett, MFA
Renee Mitchell, B.M.
Marc Newman, Ph.D.
Macayla Nicolaison, J.D.
Ryan Pace, MFA
Lionello Partible, A.A.
Kay Lynn Perry, MFA
Markus Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
April Poland, MFA
Cheryl Price, M.A.
Nancy Prodnuk, Ph.D.
Charles Reese, MFA
Jason Rodriguez, MFA
Michael Salsbury, MFA
Katharine Salsbury, MFA
Clyde Santana, MFA
Michael Smith, Ph.D.
Michael Stahl, M.A.
Kristie Stahl, M.A.
Sarah Turney, M.A.
James Ward, Ph.D.
Kathryn Wilson, B.M.
Gorman Woodfin, MFA