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John Spinda

Assistant Professor

Office: 305A Daniel Hall
Phone: 864-633-0722
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Communication Studies
Kent State University 2009

M.S. Master of Science in Communication Education and Mass Media Technologies
Clarion University (PA) 2004

B.S. Communication
Clarion University (PA) 2000

 Courses Taught

COMM 2010: Introduction to Communication Studies
COMM 3100: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
COMM 3240: Sport, Communication and Society
COMM 3250: Survey of Sports Communication
COMM 3260: Public Relations in Sports
COMM 3990: Creative Inquiry
COMM 4250: Advanced Sports Communication
COMM 4260: Social Media and Sport Communication
COMM 4270: Communication in Sports Organizations
COMM 4280: Interpersonal/Family Communication and Sports
COMM 8030: Survey of Communication Technology Studies
COMM 8090: Communication, Culture and the Social Net

 Research Interests

My research interests broadly focus on sports communication and also involve elements of computer-mediated communication, social media, and mass communication effects. Regarding sports fans, my published research has focused on sports fan motives, attachment and identification with sports and teams, sports fans’ responses to team victories/losses, parasocial interaction, fantasy sports, as well as first-person and third-person media effects.

 Research Publications

Ramirez, Jr., A., Sumner, E. M., Spinda, J. S. W. (in press). The Relational Reconnection Function of Social Networking Sites. New Media & Society. Available online via SAGE OnlineFirst. doi: 10.1177/1461444815614199

Spinda, J. S. W., Wann, D. L., Hardin, R. (2016). Attachment to sports conferences: An expanded model of points of attachment among professional, collegiate, and high school football fans. Communication & Sport, 4(3), 347-362. doi: 10.1177/2167479515578262

Bowman, N. D., Spinda, J. S. W., & Sanderson, J. (2016). Fantasy Sports and the Changing Sports Media Industry: Media, Players, and Society. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Spinda, J. S. W., & Havard, C. T. (2016). “I wouldn’t pick them to save my season”: The impact of rivalry on fantasy football. In N. D. Bowman, J. S. W. Spinda, and J. Sanderson (Eds.). Fantasy Sports and the Changing Sports Media Industry: Media, Players, and Society (pp. 63-78). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Spinda, J. S. W. (2016). Simulations and fantasy sport: The forgotten element?. In N. D. Bowman, J. S. W. Spinda, and J. Sanderson (Eds.). Fantasy Sports and the Changing Sports Media Industry: Media, Players, and Society (pp. 19-40). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Spinda, J. S. W. (2014). Keep it local or keep it out? An examination of the spiral of silence and local alcohol option laws in Kentucky. Kentucky Journal of Communication, 33, 44-65.

Limperos, A. M., Woolley, J. K., Tamul, D. J., Spinda, J. S. W., & Sundar, S. (2014). “It's Not Who You Know, but Who You Add:" An Investigation Into the Differential Impact of Friend Adding and Self-Disclosure on Interpersonal Perceptions on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 35, 496-505. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.02.037

Spinda, J. S. W. (2012). Perceptual biases and behavioral effects among NFL fans: An investigation of first-person, second-person, and third-person effects. International Journal of Sport Communication, 5(3), 327-347.

Spinda, J. S. W. (2012). From good ol’ boys to national spectacle: Motives and identification among young NASCAR fans (pp. 177-190). In A. C. Earnheardt, P. M. Haridakis, B. Hugenberg, (Eds.), Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the Fandemonium. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Spinda, J. S. W., Sollitto, M., & Wann, D. L. (2012). Cards, dice, and male bonding: A case study examination of Strat-O-Matic Baseball motives. International Journal of Sport Communication, 5(2), 246-264.

Spinda, J. S. W. (2011). The development of basking in reflected glory (BIRG) and cutting off reflected failure (CORF) measures. Journal of Sport Behavior, 34(4), 392-420.

Spinda, J. S. W. & Haridakis, P. M. (2008). Development and construct validation of a fantasy sports motivation scale: A uses-and-gratifications approach (pp. 187-202). In P. M. Haridakis, L. W. Hugenberg, A. C. Earnheardt (Eds.), Sports Mania: Essays on Fandom and Media in the 21st Century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company

Spinda, J. S. W., Earnheardt, A. C., & Hugenberg, L. W. (2008). Checkered flags and mediated friendships: Parasocial interaction among NASCAR fans. Journal of Sports Media, 4(2), 31-55.


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