Mass Communications Faculty

Paul J. Joseph

Paul Joseph, M.A.

Associate Professor of Mass Communications
Paul J. Joseph
Paul Joseph, M.A.

Associate Professor of Mass Communications

B.S., Framingham State College; M.A., Emerson College

Bio:

Paul J. Joseph has been teaching at Methodist University since 1996 in the field of mass communication.

He acquired his B.S. at Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., and his M.A. at Emerson College in Boston.  His work experience includes five years of video production in the Boston area where he created video projects, worked as an editor, and did video engineering.  His teaching experience began at EIIC Emerson College in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  Following this, Joseph spent one year at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska before moving to North Carolina as his permanent home.

Joseph introduced computer-based video editing at Methodist in 1998 and built the University’s video facilities.  An independent film maker, Joseph has produced a number of award-winning projects, including a documentary about epilepsy and two video dramas, one of which was featured in the Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival in 2010.  Also during his career at Methodist University, Joseph wrote 10 novels, all of which are currently available in e-book, print, and audible format on Amazon.com.  Joseph was chair of the Communication Department for almost 10 years, and he created the foundation for much of what the department is today.  He created the new radio station, designed and built all editing facilities, and crafted the current studio for live production and general use.  He participates regularly with live multi-camera projects on location and supervises student service projects.

Joseph’s current research interests include 3-D graphics for virtual reality and 3-D printing; HD video production in single camera and multi-camera format; and storytelling through writing, video, and animation.

Personal Interests:

  • Bike riding
  • travel
  • photography (medium format)
  • independent film production
  • fiction writing
  • flying
Dr. Kevin Swift

Kevin Swift, Ph.D.

Chair, Communication; Associate Professor of Mass Communications
(910) 630-7066
Trustees 272A
Dr. Kevin Swift
Kevin Swift, Ph.D.

Chair, Communication; Associate Professor of Mass Communications

B.A., Westminster College; M.A., Duquesne University; Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park

Bio:

Dr. Swift earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park in Journalism and Public Communication. Kevin is a veteran of broadcast news in many capacities. He worked as a writer/producer and reporter for several TV and radio stations in the Youngstown, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pa. area (WBZY, WKBN, WTAE and several cable stations). He also served as an anchor/reporter for the award winning news team at WVLK News in Lexington, Ky. Swift has worked extensively as a voice over artist for organizations such as The Red Cross, NPR/Health Beat, Ford and hundreds of local TV and radio spots. Before joining the faculty at Methodist University, Kevin taught at Catholic University, the University of Maryland and Missouri State University. His research interests include FCC policy and media literacy.

(910) 630-7066
Trustees 272A
Stanley T. Wearden

Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.

President; Professor of Mass Communications
(910) 630-7005
Horner Administration Building
Stanley T. Wearden
Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.

President; Professor of Mass Communications

B.A., Wheeling Jesuit University; M.S., West Virginia University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., was named the fifth president of Methodist University on Oct. 10, 2018. He officially assumed his duties on Jan. 1, 2019.

As president, Wearden is working toward the goals of improving student success, retention, and graduation; building a robust MU Online presence; better serving active duty military, military families, and veterans; creating strong transfer partnerships with community colleges; increasing MU’s endowment to help make a MU education more affordable for students; and making sure MU delivers fully on the promise of its mission statement.

Wearden earned a B.A. in English from Wheeling Jesuit University (formerly Wheeling College), a Master of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Read the Full Profile of Dr. Stanley T. Wearden here.

(910) 630-7005
Horner Administration Building