The Laurel Highlands Communications Conference is an academic research conference sponsored by the Department of Communications Media at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The conference will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, Indiana, Pa. Presentation submission and additional information is available at the Laurel Highlands Communications Conference website.
Professor John Tchernev will be the keynote speaker for the
2016 Laurel Highlands Communications Conference. Tchernev spent eight years in Los
Angeles working in television production and film development. Tchernev worked as a production assistant on
a variety of television shows, including Futurama,
Reba, and Second Time Around, among others. He spent two years writing for
the animated comedy Class of 3000 on
Cartoon Network and wrote several freelance screenplays, becoming a member of
the Writers Guild of America.
Working as a writer led Tchernev to become increasingly
interested in entertainment media as a potential tool for promoting public
engagement with social issues. He returned
to the academic world in 2009 and earned an MA and PhD in Communication
from the Ohio State University.
Tchernev’s research builds upon his background as a
writer and explores how factors of message content, narrative structure, and
audience psychology interact to determine whether a persuasive message is
successful. Tchernev is currently working
on a series of studies that utilize dynamic methods of data collection,
including psychophysiological recording, to examine real-time audience
responses to narrative persuasion.
Tchernev is an assistant professor of Strategic
Communication in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at Miami
University in Oxford, Ohio.
Department of Communications Media