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

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

Zach Humphries
Instructor of Communication

Phone: 434-791-5657
Office: Frith 423


Education/Credentials :

Ph.D. Candidate in Mass Communication, Kent State University

M.A., Interdisciplinary Communication, Youngstown State University

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

Professional Expertise:

I have several years of experience working in the sports broadcasting industry on radio, TV, and as a traditional print journalist for Tribune Chronicle. My on-air network experience includes: ESPN3, The Horizon League Network, Comcast Sports Network Chicago, WKBN Youngstown, WYTV Youngstown, 1390 WNIO, iHeartMedia, and 570WKBN.

Academic Expertise:

I am a mass communication scholar interested in the areas of media effects, digital media, political communication, and sports communication. I’ve published journal articles or book chapters in all my areas of expertise.


2017                Haridakis, P., & Humphries, Z. Chapter 11: “Uses and Gratifications.” In An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research.

2017                Humphries, Z. Chapter 3: “Digital and Face-to-Face Professionalism in the College Classroom.” In J.D. Ponder (Ed.), Foundations of Communication (15-22). Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press.

2018                Hardakis, P., & Humphries, Z. “The President and the Executive Order: Examining Cable News Coverage of President Trump’s Travel Ban.”

2019                Coombs, D. S., Lambert, C. A., Cassilo, D., & Humphries, Z. (2019). Flag on the play: Colin Kaepernick and the protest paradigm. Howard Journal of Communications, 1-20.

2019                Humphries, Z., & Kucek, J. Examining Soccer Fan Performances through Performative Sport Fandom Theory: How Fans of the Spurs Perform Their Fandom. Qualitative Research Reports, 1-15.

2019                IN PRESS: Ponder, J.D., York, C., Beam, M., Humphries, Z., Winters, C., Goodall, C. Effects of Fact-Checking Political Misinformation on Perceptual Accuracy and Epistemic Political Efficacy. Journal of Mass Communication Quarterly, 1-36.

2019                IN PRESS: Kucek, J., Humphries, Z., & Earnheardt, A. Chapter 2.  In The    ESPN Aftereffect and the Changing Sports Media Marketplace.