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Dr. Scott M Walus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: 1810 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2016 (messages)
Email: smwalus@eiu.edu
Website:

Scott Walus, Ph.D.'s Vita

In the classroom and in my research Scott Walus examines what we can "do" with media and what media can "do" with us. This stems from his myriad of jobs around different media fields (print journalism, video, public relations, branding, graphic design, audio) combined with a background in both media studies and mass communication.

Office Hours Fall 2014:
Monday 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday 6-7 p.m.
Wednesday 2-3 p.m.

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

CMN 2030 - Applied Communication
CMN 2520 - Introduction to Mass Communication
CMN 2575 - Field Production
CMN 3500 - New Media Practices
CMN 3920 - Public Relations in Society
CMN 4750 - Contemporary Approaches to Mass Communication
CMN 4770 - Television Criticism
CMN 5160 - Seminar in Mass Communication
CMN 5610 - Media Criticism

Education

Ph.D. University of Missouri (2012)
M.S. Illinois State University (2007)
B.S. Illinois State University (2004)

Professional Organizations

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
(Current Chair of the Media Studies Interest Group)

National Communication Association (NCA)
American Cultural Association/Popular Cultural Association (ACA/PCA)

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

My expertise lies in popular culture and understanding media and mass communication. Some specific areas include reality television, media influence,popular television, celebrity culture, popular music, rock and roll, punk rock, medium theory, new media, consumer culture, and anything else that falls under what we do with media and what media does to us.

Publications

Aubrey, J.S., Walus, S. M., & Click, M.A. (2010). Twilight and the Production of the 21st Century Teen Idol. In M. A. Click, J. S. Aubrey, & E. Behm-Morawitz (eds.). Bitten by Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, & the Vampire Franchise. (pp. 225-242). New York: Peter Lang.

Under consideration:

Walus, S. M., & Mattson, J. (2013). The New Pirate TV: Examining the Online Narrowcasting 2.0 of Justin.TV in the New Media Environment. Currently under review in Television and New Media

Walus, S.M. (2013). 1000 Ways to Die: Vilifying the deceased in order to enjoy the grotesque spectacle of their demise. Currently under review at Critical Studies in Media Communication. 

Walus, S. M. & Jacobs, A. (2013). A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Space and Place created in The Office (U.S. and U.K) through a Relationship between a Salesperson and a Receptionist. Revising from previous submission to Communication, Culture, and Critique.

Conference Presentations

Walus, S. M., & Mattson, J. (2013). The New Pirate TV: Examining the Online Narrowcasting 2.0 of Justin.TV in the New Media Environment. Accepted for presentation at the 2013 Central States Communication Association meeting in Kansas City, MO.
 
Furstenau, N. E., & Walus, S. M. (2013). The Spectacle of Rock and Roll Hybridity in Southeast Asia: An Ethnographic Study of Rock and Roll-ness in Thailand. Accepted for presentation at the    2013 Central States Communication Association meeting in Kansas City, MO.
 
Walus, S. M., & McDonald, J. (2013). Tracing media ownership and synergy. GIFT accepted for presentation at the 2013 Central States Communication Association meeting in Kansas City, MO.

Walus, S. M. (2012, April). Tune in, Fuzz out: The Sonority of the First Wave of Garage Punk and Its Enduring Rejection of Mainstream Commodification. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association meeting in Boston, MA.

Walus, S.M. (2012, March). “Wait a Minute Mr. Postman: Popular Mediated Culture's Changing Articulations of the Postal Carrier and Purpose of the USPS. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cleveland, OH.

Walus, S. M. (2012, March). 1000 Ways to Die: Vilifying the Deceased in order to Enjoy the Grotesque Spectacle of their Demise. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cleveland, OH.

Walus, S. M. (2012, March). Connecting the Stages of Video Production. GIFT presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cleveland, OH.

Walus, S. M. (2010, November). When citizens attack: Toward an understanding of the myths and codes deployed by a U.S. president during heckling. Paper presented at the National Communication Association meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Walus, S. M. (2010, November). A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Relationship between a Salesperson and a Receptionist on the American and British Versions of The Office Paper presented at the National Communication Association meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Delbert, J., Kristiansen, L., & Walus, S. M. (2010, November). Punk as ideograph: Examining through NOFX’s Backstage Passport and various 'focus forum' audience decodings. Paper presented at the National Communication Association meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Walus, S. M. (2010, May). President Obama's Rhetorical Transformation of the Health Insurance Industry into an Anti-American Big Government Bureaucracy. Presented at the Rhetoric Society of America meeting in Minneapolis, MN.

Walus, S.M. (2010, April). 8-Bit Patriarchy: A Trend Content Analysis of Female Presence in Three Decades of Video Games. Presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

Walus, S.M. (2010, April). Drawing first blood: An encoding/decoding approach to celebrity construction and articulation as found in twilight coverage on TMZ. Presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

Walus, S. M. (2010, April). Cult-Aural Capital: Exploring the Sign of the Electric Guitar Through Bourdieu's Cultural Capital. Presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cincinnati, OH. Top papers panel in Graduate Student Caucus.

Smith, S., & Walus, S. M. (2009, April). Order in the Syndicourt!: A Mixed Methods Rhetorical Examination of Gender, Race, and Relationships in the Television Courtroom. Presented at the Cultural Studies Association in Kansas City, MO.

Walus, S. M. (2009, April). Getting “Real:” Audience Reactions to the Levels of Simulacra Presented by Different Presidential Debate Formats 1996-2004. Presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in St. Louis, MO. Top papers panel in Political Communication/J. Jeffery Auer Award Winner for top graduate student paper.

Walus, S. M. (2009, April). “It’s Like I’m Playing an Old Friend:” A Grounded Theory of the Attachment of Meaning to Electric Guitar. Presented at the Central States Communication Association meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Walus, S. M. (2008, October). Nominating the Ideology of Mass Corporatization as Progress as Portrayed on The Office. Presented at the Midwest Popular Culture Association meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

Walus, S. M. (2007, November). Spin Control: A Qualitative Uses and Gratifications Exploration of the Contemporary Vinyl Niche and the Compact Disc Functional Alternative. Presented at the National Communication Association meeting in Chicago, IL.

Hunt, S., Poggi, S. T., Walus, S. M., Strong, C., Wilkinson, M. L., & Smith, T. (2006, November). Communication and Information Literacy: Assessing Information Literacy Instruction in the Basic Communication Course Presented at the National Communication Association meeting in San Antonio, TX. Top Competitive Paper in the Basic Course Division .

Community

Founder of Cavetone Records (as well as head recording engineer, press, and design), a non-profit all-vinyl record label that uses all-analog technologies. (www.cavetonerecords.com)


Faculty Advisor for the Alternative Television and Film Club at EIU (https://www.facebook.com/ALTTV)


Brand consultant for Top of the Roc (music venue in Charleston, IL) and Free Music Friday (the longest running original live music showcase in Charleston, IL).