Philip Thompsen




Philip A. Thompsen, Ph.D. holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Thompsen is a scholar of communication media and technology, with particular interests in broadcasting and computer-mediated communication. He is the department's 'webmaster' and educational technology coordinator.

One of the common themes throughout Dr. Thompsen's academic career has been his commitment to student media. Since 2003, he has served as faculty advisor to our campus newspaper, The Quad. From 1997 to 2007, Dr. Thompsen served as faculty advisor to WCUR, our campus radio station, and helped the station achieve its first FM broadcasting license in 1999 (and successfully renew that license in 2006). He has also served as advisor to WCU-TV, our campus television channel, and was the founding advisor to the WCU chapter of the Association for Women in Communication. Prior to his career at West Chester University, Dr. Thompsen advised student media groups at The University of Utah, William Jewel College, and The University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thompsen has been an active member of the Broadcast Education Association, an international organization of teachers and scholars of broadcasting and electronic media. He is past chair of that organization's Student Media Advisor division.

Dr. Thompsen's scholarship has been published in a variety of formats, including book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings, convention papers, panel presentations and various online resources. Scholarly journals that have published his articles include The Electronic Journal of Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, Et Cetera: A Review of General Semantics, Feedback and The Pennsylvania Communication Annual. He has held faculty fellowships at C-SPAN in Washington, DC, The Apple Teacher Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and at KYW-TV and KYW-AM in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to West Chester University, Dr. Thompsen has taught at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and the Ron Baile School of Broadcasting in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds a B.S. from Northern Arizona University, an M.S. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Dr. Thompsen joined the faculty of West Chester University in 1997.

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