Chapin authors articles with Beaver communications alumni

December 11, 2012

John Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, and two Beaver campus alumni, are co-authors of an article, ”Who’s listening to victims?” which appeared recently in the International Journal of Listening, 27(1), 2-12. Co-authors are Ted L. Froats Jr., who graduated in 2011, and Trey W. Hudspeth, a 2012 graduate. Both received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Beaver and studied with Chapin.

The article compares listening styles of nurses and nursing students to a control group and discusses the importance of different listening styles to domestic violence screening in hospitals.

In fall 2011, Froats and Hudspeth were honored at the 72nd annual Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference at Westminster College, New Wilmington where they won second place in the Undergraduate Research Competition for a paper they wrote entitled “Questioning Fifteen Years of Research: A Study of the Effectiveness of Listening Styles Profile 16.” The paper was written for the Communication Research Projects class taught by Chapin. In 2011, Froats also worked as Chapin’s research assistant.

Currently, Froats is a public affairs specialist at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Hudspeth is the customer service manager for Walmart, Chippewa Township.

Chapin is the recipient of the 2012 United States House of Representatives Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Certificate awarded by Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Ted Poe, co-chairs of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus for work on behalf of victims of crime. In the past, Chapin has received citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives for his research and volunteer work on behalf of domestic violence victims through providing domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.

Chapin, who joined the campus in 1998, has received a variety of on and off-campus awards, including the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board NOVA Chemicals, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Service Award in 2009.

He holds a doctorate in communication, information and library studies, from Rutgers University; a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University.

Froats, Hudspeth, and Chapin can be contacted at or 724-773-3877.


(Media Contacts)

Last Updated December 11, 2012