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Dr. John Chapin

Like many students, Dr. John Chapin, professor of communications, was attracted to Penn State Beaver more than a decade ago because of the combination of the small campus setting coupled with the reputation of the University. "Penn State has an international reputation. I like the small campus feel, while still being part of a large established system.”

Before coming to Penn State, Chapin was a teaching assistant at Rutgers University in New Jersey while finishing his doctorate degree. He also taught part-time at two New Jersey community colleges.

Teaching is his passion. “I’ve been teaching at some level since 1985.”

Chapin attributes his own success to the influence of his teachers. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for a few key teachers’ encouragement and support.”

He teaches three classes each semester, ranging from lower-level communications classes to upper-level journalism classes.

“My favorite classes are cinema arts and TV production,” he said. “I like the film course because there is always lively discussion. Everyone likes movies and has something to say. TV production is fun because I get to spend time with students while they work on projects.”

In addition to teaching, Chapin is involved in the community around campus and has turned that work into his research specialty. “I volunteer quite a bit for several domestic violence and sexual assault centers,” he said. “My research area is health communication. Specifically, I study violence prevention campaigns.”

On campus, Chapin organizes the annual forensics competition which attracts hundreds of high school students from western Pennsylvania.

Both the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives have given Chapin citations for his outstanding research and volunteer work. He has received numerous other awards as well, the most recent of which was the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Service Award.


Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies
Rutgers University

Master of Science in Communications Studies/Mass Media
Shippensburg University

Bachelor of Science in Education
Bloomsburg University

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