Degrees: B.M., Mary Manse College; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University
Expertise: Electronic media
Mary E. Beadle is a professor of Communication in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts and Director of the graduate program. She served as Chair of the department and established an annual photography contest to honor Tim Russert. Prior to returning to the classroom she served as Dean of The Graduate School at John Carroll University. Under her leadership, Celebration of Scholarship was established as an annual campus event and several graduate programs were begun including the Masters in Non-Profit, the development of which was funded by a grant she received from the Council of Graduate Schools. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mary Manse College, her master’s, and doctorate degrees from Kent State University. Prior to joining John Carroll, she was a member of the faculty of Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, where she founded and chaired the Communication Department, served as chair of Faculty Council, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 1994, she moved to the Communication Department at John Carroll University, specifically to develop courses in International Media.
Dr. Beadle served as chair of the Small College Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association, the Chair of the Senior College and University Section of the National Communication Association, the Chair of the International Division of the Broadcast Education Association, and Chair of the History Division of the Broadcast Education Association. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, served as Chair, and was a member of the National Executive Committee for the Council of Graduate Schools.
Dr. Beadle publishes in media history and international media including a chapter in Mass Communication Education, “International Media,” a chapter in The Impact of International Television: A Paradigm Shift, “The Influence of Television and Media Use on Argentines About Perceptions of the United States,” and “Visual Evidence” a chapter in Methods of Historical Analysis in Electronic Media. The fourth edition of the leading textbook in the field, Broadcast Performance Worktext, was published in 2013. In 2016, an edition in Chinese was released. Indelible Images documents the work of women who established local television. She has given communication seminars in South America, Hungary and Russia and her research has taken her to Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Argentina, Lithuania, and Paraguay. Her recent research looks at issues of transnationalism in journalism and she will present her research in 2017 at an international conference in Dublin.