Richard A. Gershon, Ph.D., (Ohio University) is Professor and
Co-founder of the Telecommunications and Information Management program at Western Michigan University where he specializes in
Media, Telecommunications and Business Strategy. Dr. Gershon has twice been selected for national teaching honors, including the Steven H. Coltrin Professor of the Year Award by the International Radio & Television Society (IRTS) and the Barry Sherman Award for Teaching Excellence by the Management and Economics division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). In 2007, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Gershon is an internationally recognized scholar having authored eight books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. His most
recent works include Media, Telecommunications & Business Strategy 3rd ed.(Routledge, 2020) as well as Digital Media and Innovation: Management and Design Strategies in Communication (Sage, 2017). Dr. Gershon is a Fulbright scholar having held visiting appointments at the University of Navarra,
Spain and Nihon University, Japan. He serves on the Editorial Review Board of three major publications, including The International Journal of Media Management, The Journal of Media Economics, and The Journal of Media Business Studies.
Dr. Gershon is a founding member of the Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) where he served as the organization's first President. ITERA is a consortium of 15 Universities committed to the advancement of media and
telecommunications education. Dr. Gershon previously served as President of the WMU Faculty Senate and twice chaired the Campus
Planning and Finance Council. He has been directly involved with a number of planning and design efforts across campus, including Miller Plaza and the Heritage Hall remodeling initiative. In addition, he served
as the Project lead for the IAS Design team; tasked with looking at the future of Interdisciplinary Academic Studies at WMU.
Dr. Gershon is one of a select number of Professors who has been recognized by Western Michigan University’s College of Arts & Sciences
in each of its three major award categories, including the Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching (2005), Research and Creative Activities (2015) and Professional and Community Service (2017).