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Steven Shields

Steven Shields
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 678-717-3511

Office: Nesbitt Academic 4 4224
Areas of Expertise: Social Effects of Media, Communication Research Methodology, Radio Broadcasting

Courses Taught

COMM 1110 - Public Speaking
COMM 2050 - Media, Culture and Society
MDST 2900 - Foundations of Media Studies
COMM 3740 - Communication Research
COMM 4013 - Public Opinion and Leadership
JOUR 3020 - Public Affairs and Community Journalism


  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Journalism, Ball State University
  • B.A., Radio-TV-Film, Ball State University

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Shields was one of four founding editors of the Journal of Radio Studies, today the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (of the Broadcast Education Association). He has been interested since his graduate days in the impact of contemporary radio on American audiences and is also interested in the technological development of media industries.

His creative interests include poetry. He's had over a hundred published poems in various small-press periodicals since 2002, a debut volume set letterpress in 2005 (“Daimonion Sonata,” Birch Brook press), and has a chapbook of poems on the origins of the universe under publication consideration. He is Past President of the statewide Georgia Poetry Society, has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize for excellence in poetry, and judge national poetry competitions.

Dr. Shields is also an avid genealogist and has formed private blogs for his family’s pictures and life events, some of which inform his poems.

Personal Information

Dr. Shields lives in Johns Creek, GA with his wife, Janet. His son, Brad, is a graduate of SCAD and works in Savannah at a steam-powered railway museum. His daughter, Alyson, a Brenau graduate, is an afternoon news anchor at WDUN-AM, Gainesville.

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