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About Scott

Scott Owen Chappuis successfully defended his dissertation on March 23, 2018 in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. In his dissertation, entitled "Victim, Terrorist, or Other?: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Alternative News Media Surrounding the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis", he examined whether the framing of Syrian Refugees differed based on the political ideology of the alternative media source. Additionally, he studied articles at three distinct points in time to determine if and how framing of the refugees changed over time. His dissertation committee was comprised of Dr. Lara Martin Lengel (Chair and Advisor), Dr. Ellen Gorsevski, Dr. Lisa Hanasono, and Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes. He is preparing to graduate with his PhD on May 4, 2018.

Scott's dissertation fits into his current program of study, as his research tends to focus on issues in intercultural communication, more specifically focusing on issues of race, racism, prejudice, discrimination, and Orientalism. His other line of research focuses on issues of representation in North American media, as well as how individuals engage relationally with others interpersonally and parasocially. As a researcher, heemploys the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods to address these research areas. 

As an instructor, Scott has experience in teaching a variety of courses, including Public Speaking, Communication Theory, Persuasion, and Interpersonal Communication & Interviewing. Additionally, he has been invited as a guest lecturer in a variety of courses including Intercultural Communication, Business & Professional Speaking, and Interviewing for Journalism.


During the 2017-2018 academic year, Scott served as the President of the Graduate Student Senate at Bowling Green State University. In this role, he served as representative for the 3,000+ graduate students at BGSU  to various administrators and campus committees.  He also served as the GSS representative to the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he served on University Council, Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Graduate Council, Graduate Council Leadership Committee, and as chair to the Graduate Student Issues Subcommittee of Graduate Council. Presently, he is preparing to move to Wooster, Ohio to begin working as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the College of Wooster.


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