Gerald Gibson

Assistant Professor of Communications
McEwen - Comm. 107C
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5665

Brief Biography

Gerald M. Gibson has taught communications at Elon University for 32 years, starting out as the only full-time communications professor in what was in 1979 the department of Literature, Languages, and Communications. As advisor to WSOE-FM, the student-run radio station, he oversaw the transition to 500 watts and the construction of a new tower. Professor Gibson led the first communications Study Abroad course as well as the first communications courses to New York and Los Angeles. He is also the co-founder of Elon 101, the seminar for first-year Elon students. He is currently the Coordinator of Alumni Relations for the School of Communications.


BA, NC State:  Speech Communications

MA, UNC-Greensboro:  Communications & Theatre, emphasis in Organizational Communications

Ph.D. studies:  UNC-Greensboro:  HIgher Education, cognition and learning

Employment History

Elon University School of Communications, Elon, NC. 1988-present. Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Alumni Relations.

VAE, Richmond, VA:  1987-88. Area Manager.

Huntsinger, Jeffer, Van Grosbeck, Richmond, VA:  1986-87. Writer/Producer

Harrison & Laphoe, Petersburg, VA:  1985-86. Writer/Producer.

Elon College, Elon, NC:  1979-85. Instructor and Assistant Professor.

Sheppard & Myers, Greensboro & Raleigh, NC:  1975-79. Manager.

WBIG-AM, Greensboro, NC:  1974-75. On air personality.

WRAL-TV, Raleigh, NC:  1973. Production Crew.

WQDR-FM, Raleigh, NC:  1972-73. Reporter & on air personality.

WTGR-AM, Gardner, NC:  1971-72. News stringer.


Courses Taught

COM 322: Corporate Publishing

COM 324:  Television Production

COM 332:  Organizational Communications

COM 325:  Corporate VIdeo Production

Other courss taught include Broadcast Journalism, Reporting & Newswriting, Interpersonal & Small Group Communication, Public Relations, Interactive Media, Public Speaking and Web Publishing. Special topic classes includes The Business of Entertainment (Los Angeles) and The Media Business (NYC).


Current research is a content analysis of the CBS comedy, "Two Broke Girls."


Broadcast Education Association national conference. Chair and panelist on "Television Production at the Intersection of Portlandia and Vine." (2014)

Broadcast Education Association national conference. Panelist on "Real World Right Now:  Implementing a Multimedia Collaborative News Service." (2013)

Broadcast Education Association national conference. Panelist on "Your College Radio Station: Launching, Programming, Promoting and Recruiting!" (2013)

Broadcast Education Association national conference. Panelist on "To Final Cut X or Not." (2012)

Broadcast Education Association national conference. Panelist on "Elon Puts the i in iPad." (2011)

Professional Activities

Broadcast Education Association


Avid Media Composer; Apple Final Cut X, Final Cut 7; Adobe Premiere Pro.

Apple Motion; Adobe AfterEffects.

Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver.

Microsoft PowerPoint; Apple Keynote.


Professional Development

Adobe InDesign Digital Publishing Suite Training, Noble Desktop, New York City, NY (2013)

Adobe InDesign Training (4 days), Lodestone, Charlotte, NC. (2012)

Research Training, Warner Bros. Media Lab, Burbank, CA (2011)