Department: Communication & Media Arts
Office Location: Lancaster
Dr. Michael J. Freeman has been teaching and mentoring communication students for the past two decades. He has former students working at Fox, ESPN, and even on Capitol Hill. He has prepared students to excel in the fields of television, radio, print journalism, marketing and public relations, and in both corporate and non-profit communication. Dr. Freeman’s research passion is the intersection between audiences and the mass media. He has presented at and chaired numerous conferences and panels on media effects. He is the past president of ACCESS, a professional organization for Christians in Distance Education and completed his doctoral dissertation studying the impact of mediated instruction on both a student’s spiritual formation and an institution’s missional focus. Dr. Freeman supports our students by advising Charge – LBC’s fine arts magazine, Focus – the student online newspaper, and Ichthus – the yearbook. In this advisory capacity, Dr. Freeman has provided students with valuable pre-professional opportunities. He serves as the Communication internship supervisor, supervises senior projects, and is the academic adviser for the Communication major. He also contributed to the design of LBC’s newest communication production facilities, WJTL Studio B (a collaborative effort between LBC and WJTL to launch a professionally equipped streaming radio station for all LBC students) and the Video Production Studio. Dr. Freeman helped to design LBC’s Communication major and continues to work to keep its curriculum current with industry changes and professional demands. Dr. Freeman trains LBC’s Communication majors to be embedded missionaries in a very secular profession. He prepares them to be professionally excellent and spirituality equipped to use the passions, talents, and gifts God has given them to be used where He plants them – influencing the influencers.
DEd, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Curriculum & Instruction
MA, Pennsylvania State University, Media Studies
BA, Juniata College, Mass Media Theory
“The mass media create culture-shaping conversations. I help my students hone their professional and spiritual gifts to lead those conversations.” – Dr. Freeman