Biography

Professor Angela Paradise is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Stonehill College where she teaches courses including Mediated Communication, Media Criticism, Children and Media, and Communication Research Methods.

Professor Paradise's research interests include the social impact of media, issues surrounding children, teens and media, and K-12 media literacy efforts both within the United States and abroad. Her work has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Teacher, Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.  

Advised by Dr. Erica Scharrer, Professor Paradise earned a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she earned her Bachelor's degree at Tufts University, where she focused on coursework in communication, technology and children's media. During her graduate studies, she held fellowship positions with the International Radio & Television Society (IRTS) and Sesame Workshop.

Education

  • Ph.D., Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • M.A., Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • B.A., American Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Tufts University

Accomplishments

  • Recipient, University of Massachusetts, Department of Communication Research Grant for Dissertation Research, 2007
  • Recipient, University of Massachusetts, Department of Communication Research Grant for Dissertation Research, 2006
  • Recipient, Excellent Teaching by a Graduate Student, Presented by the Instructional and Developmental Division of the International Communication Association, 2005
  • Recipient, Barry Sherman Memorial Teaching Fellowship presented by the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), 2002
  • Recipient, International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Summer Fellowship in New York City, 2002
  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts, Department of Continuing Education, April 2002
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • National Communication Association
  • Broadcast Education Association

Research Interests

  • Social impact of media
  • Content and effects of media violence
  • Children, adolescents, and media
  • Content, uses and effects of video games
  • The effectiveness of school-based media literacy initiatives

Courses Taught

  • Mediated Communication
  • Media Criticism
  • Mediated Communication Theory

  • Paradise, A. (in press). The Decline of Mass Media. In C.H. Sterling and D.C. Whitney (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Journalism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Paradise, A. (in press). Public Broadcasting Service. In C.H. Sterling and D.C. Whitney (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Journalism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Paradise, A. (2007). Video game vigilance: Applying critical thinking to video games. In M.T. Christel and S. Sullivan (Eds.), Lesson Plans for Making Media-Rich Classrooms (pp. 156-163).
  • Paradise, A. (2007). Movies, violence. In J.J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Paradise, A. (2007). Television, violence, and susceptibility. In J.J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Paradise, A., & Bergstrom, A. (2006). Graduate teaching assistants’ use of, perceptions of, and attitudes toward instructional technology in higher education. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 17 (1&2), Special issue on “Preparing Future Faculty.”
  • Scharrer, E., Bergstrom, A., Paradise, A., & Ren, Q. (2006). Laughing to keep from crying: Humor and aggression in television commercial content. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 50(4), 615-634.
  • Bergstrom, A., Paradise, A., & Scharrer, E. (2004). Introducing second graders to media literacy. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 8(1), pp. 256-260.
  • Paradise, A. (2004). No longer “Just a Word” from your sponsor: The increasing presence (and power) of corporate sponsorship on PBK Kids television. Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, 3(Fall), pp. 22-42.
  • Paradise, A. (2007, August). Teaching a video games centered course. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, D.C.
  • Scharrer, E., Bergstrom, A., Paradise, A., & Ren, Q. (2005, May). Laughing to keep from crying: Humor and aggression in television commercial content. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New York City.
  • Bergstrom, A., & Paradise, A. (2005, May). Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Use of Instructional Technology. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New York City.
  • Paradise, A. (2004, November). Parents’ perceptions of the commercialization of children’s public television: A focus group study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago.
  • Paradise, A, & Bergstrom, A. (2004, August). Reaching beyond the academy: Introducing elementary school students to media literacy and critical thinking. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Toronto.