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AJ 391 Phone: 765-285-8210
Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
PhD Mass Communication, University of
STM University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,
Wake Forest, N.C.
and economics, Stetson University, DeLand, Fla.
to coming to Ball State in 1990, he was a feature writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel in Knoxville, TN while teaching and completing his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. Before
that, he was the director of communications and editor of Interchange for the Diocese of Southern Ohio in Cincinnati from
1981 to 1986.
journalism, writing techniques, media history and media management, economics.
Dr. Sumner presented a research titled “American Magazine winners, 2001
to 2010” at the International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology in
Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2012. An adapted version of this research was
published in summer 2012 in the Journal
of Magazine and New Media Research. He recently completed the third edition of his popular textbook Feature and Magazine Writing, which will
be published in December 2012. He is also author of The Magazine Century: American Magazines since 1900 (Peter Lang Pub.
2010), and co-author of Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry (Peter Lang Pub. 2006). He was named
“Educator of the Year” by the AEJMC Magazine Division in 2007 and a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Tennessee College of Communications
in 2008. In September 2012, he taught two days of writing workshops for Grupo
PPSA a company that publishes three newspapers and twelve magazines in San
Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Project Experience and Philosophy:
is interested in working with projects involving media history or content
analysis and survey methodologies with newspaper or magazines. He has some expertise in quantitative
techniques. He has also been an adviser
or committee member with projects involving creative nonfiction and literary
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