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Adam Earnheardt

Youngstown State University
Chair and Associate Professor
Youngstown, Ohio
Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt is chair and associate professor of communication studies in the Department of Communication at Youngstown State University. He has authored or co-authored five books, including The ESPN Effect: Examinations of the Worldwide Leader in Sports (co-edited with colleagues at Oklahoma State and New Mexico State), Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the Fandemonium (Lexington), The Modern Communicator (GRT; Kendall/Hunt), Sports Mania: Essays on Fandom and the Media in the 21st Century (McFarland), and Judging Athlete Behaviors (VDM). Earnheardt has served as an expert source on social media, sports and fandom on various television and radio programs, and in several publications including Parade Magazine, Psychology Today, Playboy, and several newspapers and magazines including the Baltimore Sun Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vancouver Magazine and others. In January 2014, Earnheardt was invited to present at the inaugural TEDxYoungstown event, where he spoke about the power of social media and sports to create social change. His talk is available at http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-evolution-of-the-prosocial. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 by the MVP 20/30 Club in Ohio, and selected as one of the top 5 MVPs for his work in the community. In 2010, he was named a Distinguished Professor at Youngstown State University and received the Advisor of the Year award. In 2011, he was awarded Mentor of the Year. Earnheardt served as executive director of the Ohio Communication Association and as chair of the National Communication Association's Mass Communication Division. He previously worked for Clarion University of Pennsylvania for 10 years serving as the University's first webmaster and e-marketing director. Earnheardt resides in Youngstown, OH.