All of our faculty are prominent, award-winning scholars who continually enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service. Bryant's collaborative environment allows this extraordinarily accessible faculty to share their knowledge with you. Learn more about some of them below.
Stanley Baran, Ph.D.
Title: Professor and chairman, Department of Communication
Phone: (401) 232-6398
Education: Ph.D., Communication Research, University of Massachusetts; M.A., Journalism, Pennsylvania State University; B.A., Radio-TV-Film, University of Massachusetts
Stanley Baran founded the Department of Communication, which has graduated over 500 students since 2002. At the graduate level, he teaches media and communication theory, as well as media ethics.
In his 40-year career, Baran has published on topics ranging from television violence to online journalism. Baran has, literally, written the book on communication theory. Mass Communication Theory: Foundations, Ferment, and Future is in its seventh edition and available in Chinese, Japanese, Polish, and Dutch. A former Fulbright Scholar, Baran has traveled overseas to teach from his textbook.
Media literacy is a passion. One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and 50 million blogs are active – facts that compel Baran to believe that the tools of media literacy are needed more than ever.
“More and more, what we know about ourselves and the world is mediated through television, the Internet, and social media,” he said. “More and more, we are not the audience, but the product being sold to advertisers.”
His advice on media savvy is simple: “Be smart. Be critical Be your own person.”
Like many Bryant faculty, Baran appreciates the personal relationships he forges with students, who often come to him for writing and editing advice on papers, job applications, and essays. Baran also appreciates the University’s focus on business.
“Every communication major will go into a business environment – even if they’re working at a nonprofit,” he said. “At Bryant, you get that real-world background.”