Associate Professor of Telecommunications
Associate professor of telecommunications at Ball State University, Gerhard joined the TCOM faculty in 1991 after four years on the faculty at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He has worked as a public affairs reporter at broadcast stations in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.
Gerhard's interests include mass media history, emerging media technologies, and public affairs journalism. He is author or co-author of more than 30 research papers. His research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Feedback, RTNDA Communicator, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and the Journal of Radio Studies. He is also an activist in the nursing home reform movement.
He is currently faculty advisor of Music & Memory-Muncie, a student service group dedicated to bring personalized iPod music mixes to Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Gerhard served as advisor to Absolunacy, Ball State's student comedy troupe, from 1993 to 2006. Ball State TCOM students voted him Faculty Member of the Year in 1992 and 1998.
Gerhard earned a B.A. degree in political science at Central Michigan University, a M.A. in journalism at Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in mass communication at Southern Illinois University.