Cheryl Casey joined the Communication & Creative Media faculty in 2013. She teaches introductory courses in both media and human communication, as well as the Senior Capstone in the Communication program. Cheryl advises Communication students and also serves as faculty adviser to the CCM chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
Cheryl's research areas include media ecology, critical media studies, language and culture, gender representation and identity, and media and religion. She is most recently co-author of the textbook, New Media, Communication, & Society (2019, Peter Lang), and has contributed to such publications as the International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy (2016, John Wiley & Sons) and the international journal, Explorations in Media Ecology. Her work has been accepted for presentation in both international and national forums and has received several conference Top Paper awards.
On the other side of life, Cheryl loves running, reading dark crime thrillers, hiking, camping, knitting, surfing the web for pictures of adorable baby animals, and hanging out with her two dogs.
Cheryl holds a B.A. in Media Studies from Sacred Heart University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University.
Eastern Communication Association (Executive Director, July 2016–June 2020)
National Communication Association
New York State Communication Association (Past President, former Executive Secretary, Proceedings Editor)
Media Ecology Association
American Association of University Professors
Vice President of Faculty Senate and Chair of Academic Affairs Committee (2018–2019)
Curriculum Committee Chair (2015–2018)
Institutional Review Board
Faculty Adviser, Lambda Pi Eta
Faculty Adviser, Field Hockey Club
Waterbury Historical Society—Newsletter Editor and Community Manager
Stowe Theatre Guild—House Manager, Board Member
- New Media, Communication, & Society: A Fast, Straightforward Examination of Key Topics. (2019). With M. A. Allison. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
- "Spiritual bazaars and marketplaces of faith: Beliefnet and the lifestyle branding of religion in the digital age." (2019). In A.E. Grant, A.F.C. Sturgill, C.H. Chen, & D.A. Stout (Eds.). Religion Online: How Digital Technology is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray, Vol. 1 (pp. 84-96). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.
- "Synchrony and asynchrony." (2016). In K.B. Jensen, R.T. Craig, J.D. Pooley, & E.W. Rothenbuhler (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Communication Theory & Philosophy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- "Let the games begin: Baby boomers, capitalist ideology, and containment of gender in sports television." (2015). In B. Cogan & T. Gencarelli (Eds.), Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America's Most Powerful Generation (pp. 85-102). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
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