Phyllis Zrzavy

Phyllis S. Zrzavy

Professor of Communication


  • Bachelor of Science, English Education.
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Bachelor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies (Western College).
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Master of Education, Reading Education.
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Doctor of Philosophy, American Culture Studies.
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH


  • Media Criticism
  • Media and Diversity
  • Media and Culture
  • American Political Culture and Media
  • Advanced Media Studies Seminar
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Understanding Film
  • Film Genres
  • Children and Media
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Gender and Media Representation
  • Media Theory
  • Introduction to American Studies
  • Communication, Media, and Society
  • Communication Internship
  • Communication Independent Study


  • American Popular Culture
  • Media Ecology
  • Women's Representations in Media
  • Media Literacy Education
  • Politics and Media
  • Film and Television History
  • Celebrity Culture


  • National Association for Media Literacy Education
  • National Communication Association
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Media Ecology Association
  • National Telemedia Council

  • New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference
  • Black New England Conference
  • Media Literacy Conference
  • NHCUC Conference
  • Popular Culture Association Conference

  • Media Literacy Grant, National Association for Media Literacy Education
  • GLE Grant, FPU
  • NHHEAF Faculty Scholar Grant Award
  • Research Grant, Franklin Pierce University
  • Contributor, Kresge Foundation Grant

  • NEASC Self-Study
  • GLEC Committee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Lambda Pi Eta Faculty Advisor
  • Academic Standards Committee
  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Member, New Hampshire Multicultural Student Affairs Consortium
  • Community Board Member, New Hampshire Public Radio
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Media Literacy Education
  • Research Fellow, Fitzwater Center
  • Advisory Board Member, Annual Editions: Mass Media
  • National Board Member, Action Coalition for Media Education


  • Inductee, EDies Hall of Fame, New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord, NH
  • Faculty Member of the Year Award, New Hampshire Excellence in Education, NHCUC
  • Appreciation Award, Student Government, Franklin Pierce University



“Fake News” Roundtable, Academic Showcase, FPU 2017

Implications of the National Women's March, FPU 2017

Civility in Presidential Discourse, FPU 2016


“The Media’s Role in Selecting the President” in “Civility in Presidential Discourse: A Teacher’s Guide,”Newseum Event, Fitzwater Center, Franklin Pierce University, October 28. 2016

Sissi of Austria: Image, Reality, and Transformation, chapter accepted for publication in: Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities, Peter Lang publishers, 2015

The Television Will Be Revolutionized by Amanda D. Lotz, book review in: Producing Television, special edition of Spectator 28:1 (Spring 2008): 85-86.

Understanding Reality Television by Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn (book review), The Journal of American Culture (29:1)

“Women, Love and Work: The Doris Day Show as Cultural Dialogue” in Mary F. Dalton and Laura R. Linder, eds., America Viewed and Skewed: Television Situation Comedies (SUNY Press, 2005)

Contributing Author, “Gender: What Difference Does It Make?” An Issue Brief and Guide for Deliberative Dialogue, Diversity and Community Project, Kettering Foundation National Issues Forums