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Adam Christopher Earnheardt is an American academic and author, sports and communication researcher, and social media critic. He is professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Youngstown State University, located in Youngstown, Ohio.[1] He researches the effects of communication devices and social media on society,[2] and studies the media uses and psychology of sports fans and families.[3][4][5] Earnheardt is a weekly columnist for The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown, where he focuses on the impact of technology and media on relationships and parenting.[6][7]

Adam C. Earnheardt
Adam C. Earnheardt
Speaking at the National Communication Association Opening Session • Las Vegas, NV (November 10, 2015)
Born (1970-10-14) October 14, 1970 (age 48)
Killeen, Texas, U.S.
  • Research Professor
  • Author
  • Public Speaker
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication
  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
Alma mater
SubjectCommunication, relationships and parenting, sports media and fandom, social media
Mary Beth Earnheardt (m. 2000)


Early life and educationEdit

Earnheardt was born in Killeen, Texas in 1970 and grew up in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, a small steel town north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Cheswick Christian Academy in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, and then Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York[8] for three years before earning a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in communication at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in communication studies at Kent State University where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2007.


In 2012, Earnheardt was named chair of the department of communication at Youngstown State. Earnheardt has co-authored several articles and books on the subject of communication, relationships, sports, media and fan behavior. He has published a number of articles about fan attachment and the effects of social media on fandom, is frequently quoted in the media on this subject,[9][10] delivers talks on the role of sports in society,[11][12] and is called on to advise issues related to social media and technology.[13][14]

Earnheardt has interviewed notable individuals invited to lecture as part of the Youngstown State University Skeggs Lecture Series. In 2016, he interviewed former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly,[15] and in 2017, he interviewed author Margaret Atwood as part of the lecture series.[16]

Honors and awardsEdit

Earnheardt was presented with the Diversity Leadership Award in 2016.[17] In 2012, he received the Smith-Murphy Award for Outstanding Teaching, as well as a Young Professional Award from Kent State University.[18] In 2009, he was recognized as one of the top 40 young professionals under the age of 40 by the MVP 20/30 Club, and then recognized as one of the "Top 5" MVPs from the group of 40. The award is given to residents in the Youngstown, Ohio area who have excelled in their professions and have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement.[19] Also in 2009, Earnheardt received the Distinguished Professor for Public Service.

Published worksEdit

Adam C. Earnheardt, 2014
  • Daniel J. O'Neill; Adam C. Earnheardt (2016). Public Speaking in the Age of Technology. ISBN 9781680753042.
  • Adam C. Earnheardt; Daniel J. O'Neill (2016). The Modern Communicator: Applications and Strategies for Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication and Public Speaking (2 ed.). ISBN 978-1680750966.
  • John McGuire; Greg G. Armfield; Adam C. Earnheardt (17 July 2015). The ESPN Effect: Exploring the Worldwide Leader in Sports. PETER LANG. ISBN 978-1-4331-2600-0.[20][21]
  • Adam C. Earnheardt; Paul M. Haridakis; Barbara S. Hugenberg (January 2012). Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization Exploring the Fandemonium. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0-7391-4623-1.
  • Daniel J. O'Neill; Adam C. Earnheardt (2009). The Modern Communicator: Applications and Strategies for Interpersonal Communication, Group Communication and Public Speaking. ISBN 978-0-7575-6293-8.
  • Adam C. Earnheardt (2008). Judging Athlete Behaviors: Exploring Possible Predictors of Television Viewer Judgments of Athlete Antisocial Behaviors. VDM Publishing. ISBN 978-3-8364-5721-7.
  • Lawrence W. Hugenberg,; Paul M. Haridakis; Adam C. Earnheardt (16 July 2008). Sports Mania: Essays on Fandom and the Media in the 21st Century. McFarland. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5173-9.[22]


  1. ^ "Youngstown woman responds to Facebook fight challenge". Vindicator, September 9, 2014
  2. ^ "Are mobile devices broadcasting too much information?". WKBN 27, By Amanda Smith Published: October 14, 2014
  3. ^ "The psychology of sports: Why do fans care so much?". Canton Repository.
  4. ^ Matthew S. Eastin (1 October 2013). Encyclopedia of Media Violence: One-Volume Set. SAGE Publications. pp. 279–. ISBN 978-1-5063-0778-7.
  5. ^ "Patriots fans and the dark side of social media". CNET, January 25, by Terry Collins
  6. ^ "When your child is a cyberbully". The Vindicator, March 7, 2018
  7. ^ "Eating Tide Pods is a silly and dangerous internet challenge". The Vindicator, February 25, 2018
  8. ^ [1] "YSU’s Earnheardt talks social media with Curbstone Coaches" | The Vindicator]
  9. ^ "The heartbreak of what might have been". Baltimore Sun, January 23, 2012 By Jean Marabella
  10. ^ "Patriots fans and the dark side of social media". CNET, January 25, 2016 By Terry Collins
  11. ^ "Sports are ultimately about community, lecturer says". Daily Texan, February 5, 2018 By Savannah Jobman
  12. ^ "Rams target millennials as they try to expand their reach in Southern California". L.A. Times, August 19, 2016 By Gary Klein
  13. ^ "Online EMP threats are false and here is why". WKRN, November 2, 2017 By Dave Sess
  14. ^ "Do smartphones make us dumb? Study says they drain our brains". WYTV, November 16, 2017 By Lindsey Watson
  15. ^ "Ray Kelly Promotes His Memoir at Skeggs Lecture" | The Business Journal
  16. ^ "Author speaks of 'Handmaid's' and modern society at Stambaugh" | The Vindicator
  17. ^ "YSU diversity awards announced". The Vindicator, March 21, 2016 By Denise Dick
  18. ^ "Centennial Award Celebration Recipients - Past recipients" | Kent State University.
  19. ^ "MVP Titles Awarded to 5 Young Professionals" | The Business Journal.
  20. ^ "Absurd but true: Safeco Field fans love the Mariners’ hydro races". Seattle Times, July 7, 2015
  21. ^ "United we boom". Spokesman-Review, FEB. 1, 2015, By Paul Turner
  22. ^ Andrew C. Billings. Communicating about Sports Media: Cultures Collide. ARESTA. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-84-937440-2-1.

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