Michael Beam Joins School of Communication Studies Faculty
The School of Communication Studies welcomes Michael Beam, Ph.D., to its faculty as an assistant professor this fall.
Beam will teach Communication and Influence, Media Use and Effects and Communication Technology and Human Interaction at Kent State.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the School of Communication at The Ohio State University.
“The Kent State program fits well with what I study,” Beam said. “The people here seem really great, and I think I have something to contribute with my background and research in communication technology.”
Beam has received four top-paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has also been involved in non-profit organizations dealing with policy issues regarding technology and communication and community media training.
His research focuses on how algorithmic personalization technologies, such as those on Facebook and Google News, deliver customized messages, which may influence our attitudes and behaviors in both political and health contexts. His work has helped expose how people use new media to bypass traditional gatekeepers.
Most recently, Beam worked as an assistant professor with the Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. He also spent 12 years working as a computer system administrator and network technologist.
Beam has produced a weekly radio show, The Beat Oracle, highlighting experimental and electronic music for the past 15 years. The show’s podcast can be found online at beatoracle.net or iTunes.
Beam provided the following advice for his students: “Be ready to engage in the material. I see teaching as a two-way street, and I want to take the students where they want to go.”
Kent State alumna Courtney Flickinger, ’20, has been using communication skills to advocate for aging populations since her senior year of college. In 2019, she was a communications intern with Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, and has since began her career there as a Communication Specialist. This semester, she’s sharing her knowledge and experiences with students in two Communication Studies courses.
Students, donors, faculty, staff and friends gathered in Taylor Hall on Friday March 10, 2023, to celebrate student achievements and donor generosity. Communication Studies offers 12 scholarships for returning students. Student leaders from the school’s three student organizations were also recognized.
Communication is an essential component to resolving conflict, and in Associate Lecturer Aaron Bacue Maguire’s Communication and Conflict class, students study how conflict is perceived based on families, relationship history, media representation and more.
In a recent activity, students illustrated their own interpretation of conflict by creating illustrative and written metaphors. Several students shared their work.