Skip to main content

About Amber L. Ferris

My main areas of research are the effects of media (primarily television) and new technologies on audiences. My current research has focused on the uses and effects of Facebook with respect to self-disclosure behavior, as well as Facebook dependency.

In addition to chapters in edited books, I have published research in some of the discipline's top journals. I have co-authored two textbooks: Concepts, sources, integration: A step-by-step guide to writing your literature review in communication studies and Becoming a critic: An introduction to analyzing media content. I am a member of the Executive Board for the Ohio Communication Association, and I currently serve as the Editor of the Ohio Communication Journal.


Present Assistant Professor of Communication, The University of Akron Wayne College

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Research Award (2006) School of Communication Studies, Kent State University
  • Advisor of the Year for Student Organizations (2015) Wayne College Communication Club, The University of Akron Wayne College
  • Student Organization of the Year Award (2015) Wayne College Communication Club, The University of Akron Wayne College


  • Introduction to the Media Industries
  • Interviewing
  • Persuasion
  • Principles of Social Media
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Effective Oral Communication / Introduction to Public Speaking


2011 PhD, Kent State University ‐ School of Communication Studies
2004 MA, Michigan State University ‐ College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Recent Works (3)

Research Works (3)

Teaching Works (2)