Professor of Communication
Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Award
Glenn Sparks holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree in Communication. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, where he served for three years on a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study emotional responses to mass media. In 1986, he took a position at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he currently holds an appointment as a Full Professor. He served as the Associate Head of what is now the Brian Lamb School of Communication for 12-years (2001-2013). He teaches courses in communication theory, the theory and effects of mass media, children and television, and research methods. His 70+ publications have appeared in a wide variety of academic journals including Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Child Study Journal, Communication Monographs, Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, Communication Research, Television and Families, Education Digest and many others. He has been interviewed and quoted on media effects and other communication-related topics by AP Press, NBC-TV, CNN Radio, CBS-TV, National Public Radio, Newsweek, Time, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Indianapolis Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The London Daily Telegraph, The Atlanta Constitution, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today Magazine, and many others.