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Dr. Scott M Walus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Office: 1810 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2016 (messages)
Fax: 217-581-5718
Email: smwalus@eiu.edu

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 Spring
Monday/Wednesday 10-11 a.m. / 12-1 p.m.
Friday 10-11 a.m.

Frequently Taught Courses

CMN 2030 - Applied Communication
CMN 2520 - Introduction to Mass Communication
CMN 2575 - Field Production
CMN 3500 - New Media Practices
CMN 3570 - Topics in Media History
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

Also advisor and committee member of graduate theses and undergraduate honors theses.

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)
(Former Chair and Program Planner of the Media Studies Interest Group)

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, medium theory, vinyl records, analog recording, celebrity culture, popular music, rock and roll, garage rock, punk rock, branding, social media, new media, consumer culture, and anything else that falls under what we do with media and what media does to us.

Research

Audio Production:

Audio engineer and producer for the following vinyl releases:

  • Apathy Wizards - “Real Live Human Beings” (12” LP / 2016)

  • The Tim Blys - “Dead Horse Town” (7” EP / 2015)

  • The Ex-Bombers - “Five Star Night” (12” LP / 2015)

  • The Down-fi - “Roadmaster” (7” / 2014)

  • Malt Liquor / The Ex-Bombers – Split (7” / 2013)

  • Cedar Plank Salmon – “Oh Baby” (7” EP / 2013)

  • The Ex-Bombers - “The Tightwire” (12” LP / 2012)

  • Blackbelts/Pat Boone's Farm – Split (7” EP / 2010)

  • Wild Cat Daddies - “Wham! Bam!” (7” EP / 2010)

  • Cavetone Records Monofesto Vol. 1 (7” EP / 2009)

  • Monte Carlos - “I Think You Know What I Mean” (7” EP / 2009)

  • Monte Carlos - “Guilty of Love” (7” EP / 2008)

  • Pat Boone's Farm - “Garage * Dance * Loud” (7” EP / 2008)

Recording credits also include various releases for the Royal Son of a Guns, Just Free, Diablo Blanco, Matt VanHam, Paul & John, The Animal Party, Spectrum of Life, The Turn Offs, Captain Captain, Kelsey Hutton, and several others. Other audio engineering projects have included video scoring (“Wobble,” “Plurals”), television show theme songs (“Alt-TV,” “It's A Television Show”), and audio demonstrations (Lancaster Amplification, gear from Cavetone Analog Recording Studio).

Video Production

  • Alt-TV – Episodes 1-7 (2012-2015) – Sequencing and video contributions.

  • Various promotional videos for Cavetone Records including a mockumentary, a fake news report, gear demonstration videos. (2012-present)

  • Promotional videos for The Ex-Bombers (2012, 2013, 2015) and Malt Liquor (2013).

  • Music videos for Cedar Plank Salmon (2013) and Monte Carlos (2014).

  • Overseeing hundreds of student projects in both the electronic media production and public relations options.

Branding and Design

  • Cavetone Records: Print design, digital design, web design, content writing, brand development, and media relations.

  • Bands: Brand development, copy writing, and visual communication for multiple bands including The Ex-Bombers, Apathy Wizards, The Down-fi, Cedar Plank Salmon, Monte Carlos, and The Tim Blys. Logos, posters, album artwork, electronic press kits, and copy written for many other musical acts.

  • The Vault/Sound Bank in Tuscola, IL: Includes brand construction, signage, trade dressing, media campaigns, and a fundraising campaign (Art Music Project Series).

  • Free Music Friday (events at Top of the Roc in Charleston, IL): Print/digital design, media relations, and promotions for monthly free live music showcase. 36 shows (including the annual festival Top of the RocStock) with over 100 musical acts.

  • Friends & Co. (Charleston, IL) – Brand consulting, print design, and programming for music venue.

  • Lancaster Amplification: Boutique guitar amplifier company (Peoria, IL). Brand development and print/web design.

Selected Publications

Walus, S. M., & Click, M. A. (Published online/Print Oct. 2016). “I Can't Think of a More Unlikely Rock Star Than Me”: Representations of “Averageness” in the Myth of Rock. Rock Music Studies.

Walus, S. M., & Furstenau, N. E. (2015). The Spectacle of Rock and Roll Hybridity in Southeast Asia: An Ethnographic Study of Rock and Roll-ness in Thailand. Iowa Journal of Communication, 46(2).

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. (2015). Get Smart and Start Shooting: Fannish Producers and the Alternative History of Professional Wrestling. Accepted chapter in edited volume Coming Out Kidult.

Walus, S. M. (2014). 1000 Ways to Die: Televisual Representations that Vilify the Deceased for the Grotesque Spectacle of Their Demise. Under revision for resubmission after comments from Communication, Culture, & Critique.

Walus, S. M., & Mattson, J. (2014). The New Pirate TV: Examining the Online Narrowcasting 2.0 of Justin.TV in the New Media Environment. Under revision for re-submission after comments from Television and New Media.

Selected Conference Presentations

 

 

Walus, S. M. (2016). Get Smart and Start Shooting: Fannish Producers and the Alternative History of Professional Wrestling. Accepted for presentation in the Media Studies Interest Group at 2016 Central States Communication Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Top Paper Award in Division.

Walus, S. M. & Potter, S. (2015). Constructing Narratives and Deconstructing Ideology. GIFT presented at 2015 Central States Communication Association conference in Madison, WI.

Walus, S.M. (2015). TMI? How Much Personal Information Should a Professor Share in the Classroom? Panel presented in Instructional Resources Interest Group for presentation at 2015 Central States Communication Association conference in Madison, WI.

Walus, S. M. (2014). The Gendered Rise and Fall: Negotiating Gender in the Myth of Rock and Roll Success. Presentation at the 2014 Console-ing Passions conference in Columbia, MO, an international feminist media conference.

Walus, S. M., & Click, M. A. (2014). “I Can't Think of a More Unlikely Rock Star Than Me”: Representations of “Averageness” in the Myth of Rock and Roll. Presented at the 2014 Central States Communication Association conference in Minneapolis, MN. Top papers panel for Media Studies Interest Group.

Walus, S. M. & Jacobs, A. (2014). Creation of Space and Place in The Office: An examination of Humor as a Mechanism for Creating Space, Resistance, and Incorporation. Presented at the 2014 Central States Communication Association conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Walus, S. M. (2014). Elevating Course Communication & Content: Traditional, Online, & Hybrid Use of Course Management Software. Presented at the 2014 Central States Communication Association conference in Minneapolis, MN.


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)

Current brand consultant for the Sound Bank / The Vault in Tuscola, IL. Former producer of Free Music Friday (the longest running original live music showcase in Charleston, IL).

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Department of Communication Studies

Coleman Hall 1260
600 Lincoln Ave Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-2016
Fax: 217-581-5718
commstudies@eiu.edu


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