Professor & Interim Chair of Criminology
Brad Yates is a professor of mass communications at the University of West Georgia, where he has been on faculty since 2000. He teaches media law, media programming and management, and all levels of film/television/video and radio production. He, too, is the founder of The WOLF Internet Radio at UWG and the faculty advisor of the University of West Georgia Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho. He was named the NBS Advisor of the Year for 2012-2013. Yates is an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication and is the former chair of the Entertainment Studies Interest Group within AEJMC. He also holds membership in the Broadcast Education Association and the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Yates has been selected for competitive fellowships and seminars with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, the International Radio and Television Society, the National Association of Television Program Executives Educational Foundation, and the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation's Excellence in Journalism Education Project. His research interests include media literacy, mass communication education, social effects of television, and popular music. His research has been presented at national and international conferences and published in refereed journals including the Atlantic Journal of Communication, The Internet and Higher Education, Journal of Communication and Media Research, Journal of Health Education, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Learning, Media & Technology. Yates’ professional experience is in television/video production, and he holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Lynchburg College in Virginia. He also earned an M.S. in TV-Radio-Film from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.