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Chad Painter

Associate Professor; Chair of the Department of Communication

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Chad Painter
Phone: 937-229-2367
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  • Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • M.A., University of Missouri
  • B.A., Capital University


Dr. Chad Painter’s research is guided by the general question: What is the normative role of the media? To answer this question he specifically focuses on the portrayal of journalists in popular culture; media depictions of gender, race, disability and sexual orientation; and the historical and contemporary role of the alternative press in the U.S. media ecology. His research focuses on the areas of media ethics, diversity studies, entertainment studies, sports communication, history and new media. He is the co-author of Media Ethics: Issues and Cases and Entertaining Ethics: Lessons in Media Ethics from Popular Culture.

Dr. Painter’s primary teaching areas are media ethics, radical press, media law and multimedia journalism. He also has developed and taught courses in communication methods, international mass media and journalists in film. Dr. Painter’s teaching philosophy includes improving students’ critical thinking abilities by mixing the theoretical with the practical while enabling students to synthesize, justify, evaluate and analyze academic material. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Painter has eight years of professional experience as a reporter, editor and public relations practitioner for print and online publications.

Professional activities

  • Media Ethics Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Research interests

  • Portrayal of journalists in popular culture
  • Media depictions of gender, race, disability, and sexual orientation
  • Role of the alternative press in U.S. media ecology