Faculty Experts - Leonard Shyles, Ph.D.

Leonard Shyles, Ph.D.

Leonard Shyles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Area of Expertise:

  • Media Industries in the Digital Age
  • Theories of Mass Media
  • Media and Politics
  • Communication Research


Dr. Shyles is the go-to source for insight and commentary on the societal shift from traditional media to digital. He can discuss the pitfalls and triumphs of this fundamental change in the communication landscape and what it portends for the future of the news business. Dr. Shyles is also an authority on communication research, the media and politics, and mass media theory.


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.S., City University of New York at Brooklyn College
  • B.A., City University of New York at Brooklyn College

Selected Publications

  • Shyles, Len; Posner, M.; Lee, Erickson, Deployment of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in democratic states vs. authoritarian regimes: What difference does it make?  Proceedings: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Annual Meeting, Singapore, May 2016, pp. 91-110. 
  • Shyles, Leonard, The Art of Video Production, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2007.
  • Shyles, Leonard, Deciphering cyberspace: making the most of the information superhighway, Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2002.
  • Shyles, Leonard, Video Production Handbook, Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston, Mass., 1998.
  • McCain, Thomas A., Shyles, Leonard, (eds.) The 1000 Hour War: Communication in the Gulf, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1994.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
  • Assistant Professor, Purdue University
  • Instructor, Illinois State University

Selected Research

  • U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Research Grant, "Improving pilot efficiency in the age of the glass cockpit," Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, 1990.
  • Army Research Institute for Social and Behavioral Science, "Designing Effective Advertising for Enlisted Retention," 1987.

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