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Dr. Keith Semmel
Department Chair of Communication & Theatre Arts
General Manager, WCCR 94.5 FM (Campus Radio)

K. Semmel

Dr. Keith Semmel joined the University of the Cumberlands’ faculty in 1990 and was named Chairman of the newly formed Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in 1998.

He earned his B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Mansfield University in 1976. At Bowling Green State University, he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D in Interpersonal and Public Communication in 1977 and 1980, respectively.
Dr. Semmel’s particular interests and areas of research include mass media, film, radio broadcasting, animation, and popular culture.

Since 2004, Dr. Semmel has served as the faculty advisor and general manager of WCCR, the university’s radio station.

Courses Taught

  • COMM 131 Introduction to Mass Media
  • COMM 338 Radio Broadcasting
  • COMM 431 Film I: The Silent Era
  • COMM 435 Film II: The Golden Age
  • COMM 438 Film III: The Modern Age
  • COMM 439 Film IV: Contemporary Film
  • COMM 490 Religion and Film
  • COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: Animation
  • COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: The Beatles


“The Beatles,” entry in Dictionary of Literary Influences. Greenwood Press, 2004.

"Harold Lloyd," entry in the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska, 2004.

"Steven Spielberg" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark,” entries in The Guide to United States Popular Culture. Bowling Green Popular Press, 2001.

"American Popular Music and the 1980s: Coming to Terms with Vietnam." Upsilonian. Vol. 6, 1994

Honors and Awards

2006 “A Teacher Who Made a Difference,” presented by University of Kentucky College of Education.

2005 “Excellence In Teaching Award,” University of the Cumberlands.

2001 “John Broome Honored Professor Award,” for dedication and support of the student body at the University of the Cumberlands.