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Dr. Benjamin Cline

Title: Assistant Professor of Communications
Office Location: 206 Bowden
Campus Phone: 6536
E-Mail Address: clineb@wnmu.edu

Degrees:
  • BA Political Science/Speech University of Nebraska at Kearney (1999);
  • MA Communication Studies Bowling Green State University (2001);
  • PhD. Communication Studies Bowling Green State University (2005)
Date began at WNMU: 2010

Research & Academic Interests:
  • Rhetoric (especially classical applications to new media)
  • Religious Communication
  • New Media
  • Philosophy of Communication
  • History of Communication
  • Ed. Tech.

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations:
  • Cline, B (In Press)."The Concept of Ethos as a Tool for Assessing Civility." Online Communities in Higher Education Institutions: Creating Collaborative Experience. (Carolyn Stevenson & Joanna Bauer ed's). IGI Global: Hershey, PA
  • Cline, B. J.(Feb. 2013). Clash of the Jedi: The intersection of Fandom and Media Concentration in the Disney purchase of LucasFilim Ltd. A paper presented to the SciFi/Fantasy division of Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, Albuquerque, NM
  • Cline, B. J. (2012). "FCC Rules, Ideological Process and Network Neutrality." Regulating the Web: Network Neutrality and the Fate of the Open Internet (Zack Stiegler, Ed.). Lexington Books: Lexington, KY.
  • Cline, B. J. (Feb. 2012) Plato's Rhetorical Construction of the Soul. A paper presented to the Rhetoric and Public Address Division of the Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque, NM
  • Cline, B. J. (2012). "The Future of Reading/Thinking: Epistemological Construction in the Age of the Kindle," Communication +1: Vol. 1, Article 2. Available at: scholarworks.umass.edu.

Hobbies, Interests, community involvement: My hobbies and interests are very diverse. I am heavily involved with my church and teach the 4-5 year old Sunday School class, and have taught adult classes in Christian communication and have been the Facilitator for Financial Peace University at my church. I enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking fishing, camping and bird hunting with my family's line of pure bred field type English Cocker Spaniels. I like watching movies especially, Super Hero, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Spy movies. I like playing video games (I'm a Sony guy, not Xbox) and pen and paper role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. I am also very involved in community service and can be seen serving at many community events either on my own, or working with Circle K International, the community service student organization for which I am the faculty advisor. My favorite activity, however, is probably just sitting in the living room, reading, watching TV or Facebooking while my wife, Jamie, engages in a similar activity nearby. We should be adding a new member to that family, a daughter, Jubilee, in the next few weeks.

 

 

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