Previously a faculty member at Louisiana State University, Dr. Shipka returns to Oklahoma St. after a 10-year absence. He received his undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism at OSU as well as his M.S. in International Studies. As well as Cowboy, he is also a proud Gator having obtained his Ph.D at the University of Florida. There he was selected as mass communication school’s Student Teacher of the Year in 2005 as well as one of the university wide awards in 2006. At LSU, he received Manship School of Mass Communication teaching award in 2009 as well as the university wide one in 2010.
Dr. Shipka is passionate about strategic communication and popular culture. His previous book Perverse Titillation: European Exploitation Films 1960-1980 (2011) looked closely at film industries of Italy, French, and Spain as they produced a stunning amount of horror and sexually explicit films that influenced modern filmmakers. His second book due in 2012, Global Fear: International Horror Film Directors continues the examination of this phenomenon.
Believing that academic service is important, Dr. Shipka has served as President of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication in 2011 as well as the Head of the Entertainment Studies Interest Group at Association of Educators in Mass Communication in 2010. He has also forged close ties to students at LSU by serving as initial Co-Rector for the school’s residence college. A native Chicagoan, Dr. Shipka is passionate about politics, music, and tennis.
B.A: Oklahoma St. University (Broadcast Journalism) M.S: Oklahoma St. University (International Studies) Ph.D: University of Florida (Mass Communication)