Thomas R. Flynn is the current chair of the Communication Department at Slippery Rock University. He teaches courses in Communication Law, Public Relations and Public Speaking. His legal and political commentary has been cited in over seventy news stories in print, radio and television, including the New York Times, Roll Call Magazine, The Guardian, and National Public Radio. He has received awards for scholarship from the European Society for Cybernetics and Systems Research, the Kenneth Burke Society, the National Communication Association, and the Eastern Communication Association.
In 2010, he was named a “Distinguished Teaching Fellow” by the Eastern Communication Association. In 2007, he received the “Neil Postman Mentor’s Award” from the New York State Communication Association. In 2004, he received the Eastern Communication Association’s Past President’s Award for “Outstanding Contributions in Scholarship & Service.” He has also been nominated three times for the National Communication Association’s “Franklyn Haiman Award” for “Outstanding Scholarship in Freedom of Expression.” Professor Flynn has served on the Executive Council of the Eastern Communication Association; and as Associate Editor of the Free Speech Yearbook & Qualitative Communication Research Reports.
He received his Ph.D. in Political Communication from the University of Nebraska in 1991, a Master’s of Arts from Ohio University in 1985, and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toledo in 1979.
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