University announces faculty promotions at Penn State Beaver

September 09, 2011

Two Penn State Beaver faculty members have received promotions. John Chapin is now professor of communications, and Juliette Storr is an associate professor of communications. Both positions were effective July 1.

Chapin has conducted extensive research and written numerous publications about mass media, intimate partner violence, bullying, stalking, racism, and school violence. His research has also focused on the social effects of media, popular music, popular culture, social networks, and the effectiveness of public health campaigns for adolescents. He has taught courses in cinema art, broadcasting and cable television, news writing, TV production, and mass media. In addition, he has developed a variety of programs about domestic violence prevention for educators, health care professionals and communities.

Chapin has been recognized regionally and state-wide for his work with Pittsburgh’s Crisis Center North which serves victims of domestic and relationship violence and works to eliminate beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate it. In 2005 Chapin was the recipient of the Seventh Annual Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Award in the category of Allied Professional for his efforts on behalf of Crisis Center North. In addition, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the United States House of Representatives have awarded citations to Chapin for his outstanding research and volunteer work. He also is a recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Service Award.

Two years ago, Chapin served as a co-presenter for the Magee Womancare International delegation from Kyrgyzstan at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC. He also was elected vice head for the Internships and Careers Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and has given many presentations for the group.

Chapin is the founder of the Penn State Beaver Annual Forensics Tournament which has brought thousands of area high school students to Beaver since its inception in 2000. Students compete in a variety of dramatic and comedic presentations, and honors are awarded to individual and school winners.

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.

Storr was recognized for her research and publications in inter-cultural communication, business communication, Caribbean journalism, and digital technology and teaches a variety of related classes, including public relations.

Earlier this year, Storr was the lead presenter in a training and professional development workshop conducted on behalf of Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs and the Human Resource Development Center. "Communicating Across Cultures: Building Partnerships" was designed to identify the importance of valuing differences, emphasizing minority perspectives, recognizing personal biases about cultural differences, identifying techniques to manage cultural differences, and recognizing personal levels of readiness to embrace differences.

Another recent research presentation by Storr titled "Caribbean Journalism in the 21st Century: Globalization, Regional Integration and National Identity" describes this century’s transformation of Caribbean journalism with globalization of news organizations and convergent digital technologies.

She has served on the Penn State Beaver National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Committee and co-implemented programs built on the theme of "Voices Against Violence." She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Penn State Commission for Women and is the founder and coordinator of Beaver’s annual Communications Day. She is a recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

Storrs holds a doctorate in mass communication and a certification in contemporary history from Ohio University; a master’s degree in radio-television-film production from Wayne State University, and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Chapin can be contacted at, 724-773-3877, or by visiting Storr can be contacted at, 724-773-3575, or by visiting


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Last Updated September 12, 2011