Letrell Deshan Crittenden, Ph.D., has been named director of Philadelphia University’s B.S. in Communication program, effective Aug. 14, 2017.
Crittenden is a journalist, media scholar and educator who currently serves as assistant professor at Robert Morris University. His professional communications experience includes teaching at LaSalle and Lincoln universities, serving as a research assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and working as a reporter for the Observer-Dispatch in New York and Centre Daily Times in Pennsylvania.
Crittenden’s research interests include diversity, inclusion and empowerment in mainstream media, race and media, community and advocacy journalism, and media literacy.
He’s addressed issues relating to youth journalism, race and news coverage, and the highly publicized Trayvon Martin case for publications and at conferences, including Union for Democratic Publication, National Council for Black Studies and Urban Affairs Association.
“We are pleased that Dr. Crittenden will be leading our B.S. in Communication Program,” said Michael Dryer, executive dean of PhilaU’s School of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. “His outstanding academic preparation coupled with his experience in journalism across different types of media makes him the ideal person to advance the communication program and create greater opportunities for our students in a rapidly evolving profession.”
Crittenden earned his Ph.D. in communications from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his M.A. in media studies and B.A. in journalism from Penn State University.
“I am excited to take this position at Philadelphia University, because I strongly believe in Nexus Learning,” Crittenden said. “PhilaU gets it. Anyone entering the field of communications needs a firm understanding of critical thinking found in the liberal arts and a strong grasp of professional and technical skills utilized by media professionals today. Most importantly, I strongly believe these skills are best learned by directly engaging students in work geared toward problem solving and projects that benefit customers outside of the university setting.”
PhilaU’s communication program offers a dynamic multidisciplinary education emphasizing critical thinking, creative problem solving and a methodology where narrative creation and strategic planning are at the nexus of media in a multitude of forms.