Dr. Ted Carlin

Interim Department Chairperson
Professor of Electronic Media
WSYC-FM Adviser

Phone: (717) 477-1784
Office: Rowland Hall 132


"Today's student is typically an experienced media consumer before he or she enrolls here at SU, so my role is to get students engaged and actively involved in the production and evaluation of media, and keep students thinking about the personal and global impacts of the media they experience."

Dr. Ted Carlin served as the chairperson of the Communication/Journalism Department from 2000 to 2009. With professional experience in the areas of radio and television production, programming, and management, Dr. Carlin brings this expertise to the classroom in an engaging and energetic manner. He has worked as a media producer, writer, announcer, and videographer for radio and TV stations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Dr. Carlin's areas of research include the new communication technologies of digital radio and television, media programming, and media literacy. Dr. Carlin also serves as the faculty adviser to WSYC-FM and SU's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society. Born in Nebraska and raised in Maryland, he is an avid Huskers, Orioles, and Redskins fan. He and his wife, Sulynn, have four children and live in Chambersburg.


PhD in Mass Communication (1997), Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
MA in Mass Communication (1987), Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
BA in Communication & Theatre Arts (1985), Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Ohio
AA in Liberal Arts & Sciences (1983), Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland 

Courses Taught

Advanced communication problems (graduate). Broadcast advertising and sales. Broadcast management and regulation. Current strategies in media programming. Emerging mass media technology (graduate/online). ENG/EFP TV production. Feature writing (online). Introduction to mass communication (online). Introduction to mass communication research (graduate). Introduction to public relations. Mass communication theory (graduate). Media & society. Media writing (online). News writing & reporting. On-location video production. Public relations writing. Radio & TV scriptwriting. Radio production & performance. Senior capstone. Sports writing and reporting (online). Studio TV production. TV criticism. World broadcasting systems (graduate). Writing for the broadcast media. Communication Law & Ethics. Digital Media Workshop. Media Advertising & Sales 


  • "Digital Audio," in A.E. Grant & J.H. Meadows (eds.), Communication Technology Update And Fundamentals, 14th edition, Focal Press, 2014
  • "Dick Vitale" in Murray R. Nelson (ed), American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas ; Greenwood Publishing, 2013
  • Executive Producer, Shippensburg University Career Development Center Promotional Videos, Carlisle, PA, 2013
  • "Digital Audio," in A.E. Grant & J.H. Meadows (eds.), Communication Technology Update And Fundamentals, 13th edition, Focal Press, 2012
  • Executive producer/editor, Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter Videos, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 2012
  • Executive producer/editor, Franklin County Prison Orientation Videos, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 2012
  • Executive Producer/Editor, Carlisle YWCA Promotional Video, Carlisle, PA, 2011
  • "Digital Audio," in A.E. Grant & J.H. Meadows (eds.), Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, 12th edition, Focal Press, 2010
  • Executive Producer/Editor/Videographer, Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center Promotional Video, Chambersburg, PA, 2010
  • Executive producer/editor, Franklin County Prison Orientation Videos, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; production supervisor and editor for two inmate orientation videos (2007 & 2004)
  • Executive producer, SU Productions on Comcast Cable, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; on-site supervisor for SUTV's live/taped televised coverage of campus events
  • Focus the Nation 2008 panel speaker, Media Coverage of the Global Warming Debate, CUB, SU
  • Criminal Justice Symposium 2007 panel speaker, Portrayals of Mental Illness in Film & Television, Old Main Chapel, SU
  • Digital multimedia lab: awarded a $104,000 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Technology Fee Grant, and 3-year renewal grant, to design and implement a 12-seat multimedia digital video post-production lab for the Communications/Journalism Department & SUTV
  • Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters 2006 Educational Equipment Grant: $3,000 to create a MIDI/Digital Music Production Lab for Comm/Journ Department
  • Direct Broadcast Satellites, and Digital Audio, in A.E. Grant & J.H. Meadows (eds.),Communication Technology Update, 10th Edition, Focal Press, 2006
  • "Cable System and Satellite Programming, in S.T Eastman & D.A. Ferguson (eds.), Broadcast/Cable Programming: Strategies and Practices, 6th edition, Wadsworth Publishing, 2006
  • Videographer, Luhrs Performing Arts Center TV commercials, 2006 season; contracted by Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, to shoot digital video for 30-second TV commercials airing in the mid-Atlantic region on Comcast Cable
  • Why Do I Need to Know This?: Actively Teaching the Introductory Graduate Research Course to Non-Researchers, a refereed paper presented to the Research Division of the 2005 convention of the Broadcast Education Association in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Emerging Mass Media Technologies: $3,000 Virtual University Grant to design and implement an online VU graduate course
  • Feature Writing & Intro to Mass Communication: two $3,000 Virtual University Grants to design and implement two online VU undergraduate courses
  • External Program Review Team, 2005, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; served on a four-person team as the electronic media evaluator to visit, review and conduct an external review of the Communications Department
  • Sports reporter and writer, ABC27 Sports, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; covered area football games (high school, college, and NFLs Baltimore Ravens) for Friday Night Football Show & weekend TV newscasts during fall 2004 sabbatical leave