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Edward Lordan, Ph.D.


Main Hall 502

Office hours:
Tuesdays 11am-noon Wednesdays 9:00 to 4:00 Thursdays 11am-noon

Dr. Lordan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations, advertising, communication theory, mass communication, and sports-related communications. He serves as the advisor for the WCU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), is a member of the university's Marketing Committee and chairs the university's Academic Recognition Committee.

Lordan's appointment to the WCU faculty in 2001 was a homecoming, since he earned his B.A. in English Literature at the university in 1979. He earned his M.A. in Communications from Temple University in 1984 and Ph.D. in Mass Communication from The S.I. Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University in 1990. Prior to his return to West Chester, he served on faculties at Temple University, Villanova University, and St. Louis University.

Lordan splits his writing projects between academic and professional publications. His first book, Essentials of Public Relations Management (Burnham, Inc. Publishers), is an overview of management techniques used in the public relations industry. His second book, Politics, Ink: How American Editorial Cartoonists Skewer Politicians, From King George III to George Dubya (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) explores the history of the American editorial cartoon. His book chapter 'Cyberspin: The Use of New Technologies in Public Relations' appears in the Handbook of Public Relations (Sage Publications, Inc.). His third book, The Case for Combat: How Presidents Persuade Americans To Go To War , traces the history of presidential rhetoric across the ten major conflicts in the nation's history. It was published in 2010 by Praeger Publishers. His latest book, Sports and Scandals: How Leagues Protect the Integrity of Their Games, examines the role organization communication plays in addressing sports scandals, from the 1919 Black Sox through Jackie Robinson's controversial first year in major league baseball and the current concussion crisis in the National Football League. The book was published by ABC CLIO Publishers in 2014.

Lordan has published fifteen journal articles in publications such as the Newspaper Research Journal, The Journal of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations, and Public Relations Quarterly. He co-authored a study of video news release usage policies by American television stations, incorporating quantitative and qualitative methods, which appeared in Journalism Practice, a European journal that examines new media issues and policies. He is currently working with undergraduate students on a project to synthesize social science research on violence in the media as well as a presentation on building international courses through work with in-country media professionals.

For nine years he wrote a restaurant review column for the Delaware County Daily Times, and he has written theater and music commentary for a number of local publications. Lordan also serves as a consultant to non-profit and for-profit companies.

He is a member of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Public Relations Society of America.

Dr. Lordan is also involved in the development of international courses in which students learn about media systems in Europe. In 2013, he accompanied a dozen students to Dublin, where they studied the past, present and future of Irish media. In 2014, he taught a course on the media structure of the United Kingdom, visiting London with eleven undergraduate students. In the Summer of 2015, he took another group of students to Ireland, in an expanded course that included visits to Limerick, Galway and Dublin. In the summer of 2017 he will be bringing a group of undergraduate and graduate students to Havana, Cuba, to meet with media professionals to explore the evolving systems in print and broadcast in a rapidly developing environment - interested students should contact him to learn more about the program.

If you are a WCU student who wants to work in public relations, advertising or any other media-related profession and would like to talk about your career, Dr. Lordan would be happy to meet with you. Contact him by e-mail (, by phone (610-436-2114), or stop by his office (502 Main Hall). Billikens, Wildcats, Owls or Golden Rams who want to get in contact? DEFINITELY check in - he wants to know what you're doing.