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Dr. Andrew Baerg

Professor of Communication

"Students should be able to come away from this degree with a deeper ability to think critically, write more cogently and communicate more clearly. These skills should be able to help them further their goals in whatever career path they choose and allow them to function more effectively as global citizens."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – University of Iowa
  • M.A. – University of British Columbia
  • B.A. – University of British Columbia

Career Highlights:

Founding Member of the International Association of Communication and Sport. Gained tenure in 2012

Links to share?

It's Game Time: Speed, Acceleration, and the Digital Sports Game: https://temporalites.revues.org/3655

Big Data, Sport, and the Digital Divide: Theorizing How Athletes Might Respond to Big Data Monitoring: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0193723516673409

Pile Driving the Past: WWE ’13 and Mediating the History of Wrestling through Video Games: https://www.amazon.com/Identity-Professional-Wrestling-Essays-Nationality/dp/1476667284

Draft Day: Risk, Responsibility and Fantasy Football: https://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Sports-Changing-Media-Industry/dp/1498504884

In which online bachelor's degree programs do you teach?

B.S. in Communication, B.A. in Communication

Which classes do you teach in the online?

COMM 4300: Communication, Sport and Society; COMM 3310: Introduction to Communication Theory; COMM 4318: Mass Media Communication; COMM 4326: Digital Games as Communication

What types of projects can students expect in your online courses?

Students should expect to do weekly readings, engage with lectures, discuss course materials with their classmates, and complete two essay assignments.

What should students take away from your classes? What do they learn?

My goal is that students learn about concepts and ideas that are relevant for their day-to-day lives. My hope is that students internalize a new way of looking at the world that they can apply to daily situations.

What advice would you give to those considering an online bachelor's degree program?

Discipline and motivation are vital to completing an online degree program. Without one of these two, finishing a course, never mind a degree, will be very difficult. If a student can set up a structure that consistently works for him/her and then find ongoing motivation to work within that structure, that student should be successful in completing an online degree.

What is the value of a bachelor's degree? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?

Students should be able to come away from this degree with a deeper ability to think critically, write more cogently and communicate more clearly. These skills should be able to help them further their goals in whatever career path they choose and allow them to function more effectively as global citizens.


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