Glenn Sparks Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Dr. Sparks holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. In 1986, he came to Purdue and currently holds an appointment as a Full Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. Dr. Sparks served for 12-years as the Associate Head. He teaches courses on communication theory, the theory and effects of mass media, children and television, and research methods. Dr. Sparks' publications focus on the effects of media and his text (Media Effects Research: A Basic Overview) is in its 5th edition with Cengage Press. He is also a coauthor on the 9th edition of A First Look at Communication Theory (McGraw-Hill).
Dr. Sparks has been quoted by AP Press, NBC-TV, CNN, CBS-TV, NPR, Newsweek, Time, and a host of major national and international newspapers and has lectured in Canada, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Singapore and South Korea. He collaborates with Dr. Will Miller on Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection (Willow Press) and has had a particular interest in how electronic media is changing the cultural landscape, affecting interpersonal relationships, and having an impact on our overall health and quality of life.