Megan Mullen, Ph.D.

  • Professor And Chair - Communication
  • College of Arts and Humanities Department
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2188
  • EMAIL: mullen@uwp.edu

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • U.S. Television History
  • Cable Television
  • Adult-focused Teaching and Learning
Megan Mullen earned a B.A. in French (with an emphasis in Canadian Studies) from Bucknell University, an M.A. in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, a Masters of Information Science from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Ph.D. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in television history and analysis, with a particular focus on the history of cable television in the United States. Her first book, The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution?, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2003. This book won the John and Joan Goddard Cable Center Book Award in 2004. Her second book, Television in the Multichannel Age: A Brief History of Cable Television, was published by Blackwell Publishing in 2008. She has also written a number of articles, book chapters, essays, and book reviews. In 2005-06, she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship. She is also the recipient of the 2009-10 UW-Parkside Research and Creative Activity Award. Dr. Mullen directed UW-Parkside’s Humanities Program from 2001-2008, she chaired the Communication Department from 2006-2012, she has served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities from 2012-2013 and from 2015 to the present. She served as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities from 2013-2015.

Teaching Interests

Media history and analysis, advertising, social media, the U.S. media industries, and adult/non-traditional education.

Research Interests

Media history and analysis-- particularly in the areas of television and new digital media; adult-focused teaching and learning (especially in the liberal arts).

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2012: Demystifying Some Momentous Changes: Richard R. John, Network Nation, Technology & Culture (3 pp.)

2009: Classics Revisited: Empire and Communications by Harold Adams Innis, Technology and Culture (13 pp.)

2008: "'Everybody Eats': Food Network and Symbolic Capital", Food for Thought anthology by Laurence Rubin (McFarland) (15 pp.)

2008: Television in the Multichannel Age: A Brief History of Cable Television, Blackwell Publishing (224 pp.)

2007: "The Moms and Pops of CATV"Chapter in anthology, Cablevisions, edited by Cynthia Chris, Sarah Banet-Weiser, and Anthony Freitas, New York University Press (20 pp.)

2007: Cable Television's Forgotten Pioneer:William Calsam and the Founding of Oneonta Video, Media History (17 pp.)

2006: "Classics Revisited: Coming to Terms with the Future He Foresaw: Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media", Technology and Culture, Volume 47, No. 2 (9 pp.)

2003: The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution?, University of Texas Press (229 pp.)

Teaching Awards

2012: Recognition for having successfully incorporated community-based learning into courses during the 2011-12 academic year, Community-Based Learning award, UW-Parkside

Research/Creative Awards

2010: UW-Parkside Research and Creative Activity award,
COMM 108 - MEDIA AND SOCIETY
COMM 295 - SOPHOMORE SEMINAR
COMM 360 - CONTEMPORARY MEDIA INDUSTRIES
COMM 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
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