Paul A. Creasman, Ph.D.

Professor – Department Chair
Department of Communication Studies

(602) 489-5300 Ext. 2400
[email protected]

Education

Ph.D., Communication, Regent University
M.M.C., Mass Communication, Arizona State University
B.A., Telecommunication, Pepperdine University

Bio

Paul A. Creasman is a Professor of Communication and chair of the Department of Communication and English. He teaches a broad range of courses including Communication Theory and Media Production, as well as seminar courses in media and society and evangelical culture. His research interests include the social effects of media, the music of Larry Norman, and evangelical engagement with popular culture. He is the incoming chair of the Religion and Media division of the Broadcast Education Association. Prior to academia, he worked in the Christian radio industry as a disc jockey, music director, programmer, and operations manager.

Publications

“Southern Gospel and its Home in Cybersp“Saint Athanasius of Alexandria.” In Words and Witnesses: Communication Studies in Christian Thought from Athanasius to Desmond Tutu. Hendrickson Press (in press, 2018).

“Evangelicals Find God in LOST.” In Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel. Robert Woods, Jr., Ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing, 2013,  211-230.

“Considerations in Online Course Design.” IDEA Paper No. 52. Manhattan, KS: The IDEA Center, 2012.

“Looking Beyond Radio for Listeners.”  In Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication.  Quentin Schultze and Robert Woods, Jr., Eds.  Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2008, 33-45.

“The Paradox of College Radio.”  Feedback, 47 (3), May 2006: 17 – 24.

ace.” In More Than Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel. Michael Graves and David Fillingim, Eds. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2004, 235 – 271. 

“Sanctified Entertainment: Contemporary Christian Music Radio.” Religious Broadcasting, April 1996, 26 – 30.

Presentations

“The ‘God Problem’ in Media Studies.” Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. April 2017.

“Communicating the Religious: Evangelical Books about LOST.” Popular Culture Association in the South annual conference, Savannah, GA. October 2010.

“Why Don’t You Look to the Music?  It’s Got the Answer: Lyrics and Music Together in the Songs of Larry Norman.” Popular Culture Association in the South annual conference, Wilmington, NC. October 2009.

“Using Form Criticism to Understand LOST.” Popular Culture Association in the South annual conference, Wilmington, NC. October 2009.

“The State of Evangelical Radio.” Understanding Evangelical Media Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. July 2007.

“McLuhan and the Four Laws of the iPod.” Communication Technology Interest Group, Competitive Paper. Broadcast Education Association annual conference, Las Vegas, NV. April 2007 .

“Using Research to Improve the 21st Century College Radio Station.” Broadcast Education Association annual conference, Las Vegas, NV. April 2002.

“The Suffering Saint: Larry Norman’s Only Visiting This Planet as Aching Archetype in Contemporary Christian Music.” National Communication Association annual conference, Seattle, WA. November 2000.

“Religion, Spirituality, and Uses and Gratifications Theory.” Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual conference, Phoenix, AZ. August 2000.

Awards

Arizona Christian University, Servant Award (2013)
Azusa Pacific University, Emerging Scholar (2007)
Broadcast Education Association, First Place, Communication Technology interest division Paper Competition (2006)
Broadcast Education Association, First Place, Student Media Advisors interest division Paper Competition (2004)