About Me I am a native of Flint, Michigan. After graduating from Carman-Ainsworth High School, I attended Central Michigan University, where I completed both my B.A.A. (not a typo, it's a Bachelor of Applied Arts) and M.A. in Communication Studies. I earned my Ph.D. in Health Communication from the University of South Florida.
After finishing graduate school, I spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty Member in the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. I joined Kent State University in 2016. I earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021.
My wife Maggie and I have been married for over 10 years. We live in Jackson Township (Canton), Ohio with our two sons, Liam (age 12) and Graham (age 5). We also have an energetic "Chipin" (i.e., a chihuahua-miniature pinscher mix) named Wilson (age 2).