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Dr. Robert O. Scott

Professor of Communication roscott@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in Education (Speech and Hearing Therapy), Bowling Green State University, 1975
MA in Communication, Regent University, 1980
PhD in Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University, 1994

Biography

Dr. Robert Scott came to teach full-time at Southeastern University in the fall of 2007. Prior to Southeastern, he taught for six years at Frostburg State University (Maryland) in the Department of Mass Communication, three years at Asbury College (Kentucky) and 1 1/2 years at Northwestern College (Iowa). In addition, he has taught speech communication and writing as an adjunct professor at a Community College and media production as a graduate teaching assistant. He has 17 years of full-time college teaching experience. Before starting his career, Dr. Scott founded a media-oriented youth ministry in Ohio and established a communication company.

In the Southeastern University Department of Communication, Dr. Scott serves as the communication generalist. His teaching responsibilities include several of the core communication classes: Introduction to Mass Communication, Mass Communication Theory and Mass Communication Law. He also teaches specialized courses in the general communication and broadcast majors: Applied Media Aesthetics, Media Criticism and New Communication Technologies.

Teaching has been Dr. Scott’s primary focus since completing his PhD fellowship at Bowling Green State University. All of the schools at which he has taught have been teaching institutions. In order to remain up-to-date in his academic subject areas, Dr. Scott is currently a member of the National Communication Association and past member of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the National Religious Broadcasters Association (NRB). His research interest has most recently been focused on human perceptions of reality taken from media communication: the blurring of distinctions between real life and created images.

As a teacher of young people, Dr. Scott sees each student as a unique individual with specific talents and callings. Every class represents a diversity of academic ability. His greatest joy as a professor comes from encouraging students to recognize and maximize their God-given abilities. To accomplish this, he continually adjusts his instruction 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.”

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13b (ESV)