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Mary Beth Bradford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

I believe in educating the whole person, not just the subject matter. A student should be taught skills that they can use in the real world regardless of what career they pursue. The broadcast industry thrives on deadlines and intellectual curiosity--two skills that translate well into a student's life. I do my best to emphasize these skills as well as inspire creativity in each student.”

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Two things have always interested me--video and sports. I pursued video for my profession and sports as a hobby. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in mass communication, I worked as a television news photojournalist for 10 years in the Baltimore and Washington, DC area. Eventually I returned to graduate school for my Ph. D. in mass communication. I came to Florida Southern College in 2007.


Ph.D., Philosophy in Mass Communication, University of Alabama
M.A., Telecommunication and Film, University of Alabama
B.A., Communication and English, James Madison University

Honors and Awards

  • Knox Hagood Award - Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences - 2005
  • License Tag Fellowship - University of Alabama graduate School Fellowship for Alabama residents - 2004/2005

Publications and Exhibitions

Bradford, M. B. (2004). 'The Bachelor' and body-type perceptions: The effects of reality dating television on body image. Paper presented at the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2004.

Bradford, M. B. (2004). The assertive, sexual woman: 'Sex and the City' and attitudes toward non-traditional women. Paper presented at the Entertainment Studies Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention, Toronto, Canada, August 2004.

Bradford, M. B. (2003). The effects of natural sound breaks in television news stories on orienting and arousal. Paper presented at the Radio-Television Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention, Kansas City, MO, July 2003.