Huckstep-2792Dr. Susan Huckstep,
Associate Professor,
Communication Studies/Journalism

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 434-791-5751
Office: Frith 418


Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Studies, Regent University

Master of Arts, Communication Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bachelor of Arts, English/Journalism/Communication, Averett University

Additional Master’s level study in Journalism and English

Dr. Jake Kucek
Assistant Professor of Communication

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 434-791-5657



 Ph.D. Mass Communication, Kent State University

M.A., Interdisciplinary Communication, Youngstown State University

B.A., Communication and Media Studies, Youngstown State University

Academic Expertise:

I am a mass communication scholar examining the community aspect of the sports industry. My primary research area is in corporate social responsibility, social identity, and fandom intersecting with sports mass media.


Peer Reviewed Articles

Humphries, Z. & Kucek, J. (2019). Examining soccer fan performances through performative sport fandom theory: How fans of the spurs perform their fandom. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 1-8.
DOI: 10.1080/17459435.2019.1685585

Tang, T., Kucek, J., & Toepfer, S. (2020). Active within structures: Predictors of esports gameplay and spectatorship. Communication & Sport, DOI: 10.1177/2167479520942740

Kucek, J. (2020). Resource mobilization’s effect on the social construction of identity on Twitter: A case study of J.J. Watt’s Hurricane Harvey relief. Communication & Sport. DOI: 10.1177/2167479520937250

Tang, T., Cooper, R., & Kucek, J. (2021). Gendered esports: Predicting why men and women play and watch esports games. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media,

Book Chapters/Articles

Coombs, D. S. & Kucek, J. (2019). Being good neighbors:
Aston Villa Football Club, community engagement, and corporate social relations. Playing on an Uneven Field. McFarland and Co. Publishers.

Kucek, J., Humphreys, Z., Earnheardt, A. C., & Armfield, G. G. (2019). The growth of sports apps. The ESPN After Effect. Peter Lang Publishing.

Maribito, T. & Kucek, J. (2019). Sports Video Games (SVGs) in the eSports Landscape. eSports: Understanding the World of Competitive Video Games. Understanding Esports. Lexington Books

Kucek, J. (2021). Communicating corporate social responsibility at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Retrieved from: 4/communicating-corporate-social-responsibility-at-the-tokyo-2020-olympic- games/