Karl F. Roeper

Assistant Professor of Media Studies


PhD in Communications Media and Instructional Technology

  • Dissertation Title:
Identification of the Institutional Factors within State Systems of Higher Education in the Middle Eastern States for the Adoption of Webinars
M.A. in Adult Education and Communications Technology
B.S. in Communications Media (focus on radio and television broadcasting)

           Email: kroeper@ferrum.edu          Office Phone: (540) 365-4328          Office: 117 Britt Hall

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Mass Communications                                    Public Speaking
Radio Broadcasting Methods                                                    Basic Audio Recording
Fundamentals of Television and Video Production                 Communications Research
Mass Media and Behavior                                                        Small Group Communications
News Writing and Editing                                                         Journalism Practicums
Features Writing                                                                       Radio Practicums

Research Interests: News media effects, analysis of world events as portrayed by different media outlets and in different cultures, and the diffusion and impact of digital communications on societies.


I am the father of two daughters.  A Pittsburgh native, I am a founding member of the Steelers' Nation.  My hero is Roberto Clemente, more for his humanitarian spirit and social accomplishments than for his legacy as a phenomenal baseball player (and he was an incredible right fielder).  I enjoy music in all forms, but I am partial to the blues, and I especially like the interactive nature of a live performance.  Another favorite activity of mine is taking the Harley out for a ride; I have an '06 Nightrain, a post-deployment gift to myself.


I retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2007 after 22 years of combined active duty and reserve service, which includes two deployments to Iraq and 13 months in the Far East.