Associate Professor of Communication
E-mail Professor Scott
BS in education (speech and hearing therapy), Bowling Green State University
MA in communication, Regent University
PhD in mass communication, Bowling Green State University
Joining Southeastern’s faculty in 2007, Dr. Robert Scott brought with him a wealth of academic experience and a strong desire for the success of his students. Dr. Scott, himself, was not a great student until after a mandatory three-year stint in the Army during Vietnam. Coming back to college on the GI Bill, he was highly motivated to succeed in school, even taking the initiative to attack the academic areas in which he knew he was weak. He started teaching as a teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University while working on his PhD, but his first full-time job found him in Christian education at Asbury College in Kentucky, where he also served as the media manager of the school’s radio station. After three years at Asbury, Dr. Scott had to step out of education altogether to finish his dissertation, but six years later, he was able to take a job at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa). From there, he went to Frostburg State University in Maryland on a tenure track, but after those six years in secular academia, he was ready to come back to a workplace where he could engage the eternal and the moral in his work.
Dr. Scott sees every student as a potential leader, and though he is committed to keeping his academic standards high, he has always been particularly concerned not only to teach the “good” students well but also to help the bottom portion of his classes succeed. To do this, he continually adjusts his instruction methods and, most important of all, creates a sense of safety in the classroom. He abides by the proverb that “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
In the Southeastern Department of Communication, Dr. Scott serves as the communication generalist, teaching most of the core communication classes. He is also active in his field’s professional organizations including the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), and the National Religious Broadcasters association (NRB).
Dr. Scott teaches Intro to Mass Communication, Mass Communication Theory, Mass Communication Law, and New Mass Communication Technologies. His research interests include media aesthetics/literacy, media criticism, media effects, and new communication technologies.