Faculty

William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

Bio

Dr. William Brown is a professor and research fellow in the Department of English & Communication Studies in the School of Communication & the Arts. He specializes in the study and use of entertainment-education for social change, health communication, and media and social influence. He has conducted academic and professional research in more than 40 nations for the past 30 years.


In addition to his tenure at Regent University, Brown has taught communication courses at the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. He also has served as the dean of the School of Communication & the Arts of Regent from 1992 to 2002; and as chair of the Department of Strategic Communication & Journalism and Director of the Ph.D. Program from 2003 to 2016. He currently teaches courses on doctoral research methods, communication theory, entertainment-education for social change, media and social influence, C.S. Lewis and communication, and strategic communication. Brown also completed a five-year appointment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the Fulbright Scholar Program in Washington, D.C.

Awards

Fulbright Specialist, Norway, October, 2011

Fulbright Specialist, the Netherlands, April-May, 2009

Fulbright Specialist Program nominee (five-year recognition), August 2007

The Chancellor's Award, 2003, Regent University

Faculty Fellow, Aug-Dec, 1989, Center for Arts & Humanities at the University of Hawaii

Publications

Khoo, F., & Brown, W.J. (2018). Tweeting the election: Comparative uses of Twitter by
Trump and Clinton in the 2016 election. In A.S. Hayes (Ed.), Communication in the Age
of Trump. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing.


Brown, William J., Simonnes, Asbjørn (2018). Hans Nielson Hauge’s prescription for social
change: Personal devotion, media literacy and community transformation. In R.H.
Woods & N. Wood (Eds.), Ancient-future communication: Communication wisdom from
influential Christian thinkers and theologians throughout history (4 vols.).


Brown, William J., & Jeffress, Michael S. (2018). The impact of having a teacher with a
disability on student attitudes toward persons with disabilities. In M.S. Jeffress (Ed.),
Teaching with a disability: Perspectives on teaching from differently-abled instructors. Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Series. New York: Routledge.


Jeffress, M., & Brown, W.J. (2017). Opportunities and benefits for powerchair users through
power soccer. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34(3), 235-255.


Brown, W.J. (2017). Celebrity involvement: Parasocial interaction, identification and
worship. In A. Elliott (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies. London, UK:
Routledge Publishing.


Jeffress, M., & Brown, W.J. (2017). Freedom of choice in The Great Divorce: C. S. Lewis’
rhetorical vision of afterlife. CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society, 48(2),
1-14.


Brown, W.J. (2017). Entertainment-Education. In Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. Ed. Patricia Moy. New York: Oxford University Press.


Kim, C., & Brown, W.J. (2015). Conceptualizing credibility in social media spaces of public
relations. Public Relations Journal, 9(4).


Brown, W.J. (2015). Examining four processes of audience involvement with media personae:
Transportation, parasocial interaction, identification and worship. Communication Theory, 25(3), 259-283.

Affiliations

International Communication Association
National Communication Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Meet Our Faculty

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

Producing Artistic Director of Tidewater Stage

757.352.4211 eharrell@regent.edu
Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D., MFA

Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Supervisor for MFA in Acting Program

757.352.4730 michhil@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
Stephen Perry, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

Director of Graduate Programs in Communication

757.352.4203 sperry@regent.edu
Peggy Southerland, B.A.

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

757.352.4698 peggys@regent.edu
Megan Weaver-Seitz, MFA

Assistant Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 mweaver@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 of Animation

757.352.4235 dxu@regent.edu

Adjunct

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