Office: 1810 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2016 (messages)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.