Craig A. Stark, Ph.D.

Department: Communications

Associate Professor of Communications

Department Head of Communications

  • Education
  • PH.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Stephen F Austin State University
  • B.A., Univ of North Texas

I became interested in mass communications when I volunteered to work for my campus radio station during my undergraduate studies. There was something about the ability to send voice and music through the air without wires or cables. From there, I branched out to video production and lately my interests have focused more on the economic and cultural aspects of mass communications.

It may sound selfish, but teaching prevents me from aging (although I know I am). I had a good time as a member of the 18-to-24-year-old demographic and working with people that age keeps me grounded and focused on what I really like in this career. It always amazes me how much I can learn from students.

Susquehanna is great because it's small. I've taught at larger schools before and frankly, the personal touch either wasn't there or it was very minimal. I like the fact that I can work with students starting their first day of classes, right on to graduation day.

A liberal arts education is important these days because for many people, college is just about gaining job skills. While that is important, what the liberal arts can do is provide a well-rounded experience that gives a student a better perspective on the world. Learning how to push buttons is one thing; learning why you should push those buttons is something else.

Away from the classroom, I enjoy baseball and basketball, reading, gardening, playing video games and just hanging out with the family.

Courses taught:

  • COMM-182 Writing for New Media
  • COMM-191 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM-194 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM-311 Research Methods in Advertising
  • COMM-341 Sports Media I: Contemporary Issues
  • COMM-342 Sports Media II: Historical/Critical
  • COMM-379 Interactive and Gaming Media
  • COMM-391 Team Communication
  • COMM-481 Media Law
  • COMM-501 Practicum-Speech
  • COMM-502 Individual Investigation
  • COMM-503 Honors Study
  • ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
  • HONS-301 Interactive and Gaming Media
  • INTD-505 Independent Study
  • PRDV-104 Perspectives