Dylan McLemore is a broadcaster-turned-media researcher and communication professor passionate about the future of journalism, the role of media in society, and equipping students to be skilled communicators in a mediated world.
Dylan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Central Arkansas, where he welcomes new majors and minors in the introductory public relations course, sharpens research and writing skills in intermediate courses, and offers cross-disciplinary media law and special topic seminars to advanced students. He received the 2020 Promising Professor Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dylan earned his Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama, where he was a graduate council research fellow, graduate teaching fellow, and National Communication Association doctoral honors scholar. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Communication from Mississippi College.
His research concerns the dissemination of persuasive information, perceptions of that information, and its effects, particularly in the areas of politics and health. His work has been published and presented in academic journals and at conferences around the world. [See more of Dylan’s academic work and background]
Dylan also believes in the value of public scholarship, sharing his work with wider audiences through panels, workshops, guest lectures, tweeting too much, and media appearances, from local outlets to CNN and the Washington Post.
Before joining the academy, Dylan was a professional broadcaster. He spent the most time in radio, wearing many hats including drive-time on-air personality, producer, and sportscaster, receiving ten industry awards for commercial production, voiceover, and sports coverage. He still believes he has a voice, and face, for the medium. [Hear him in action]