The School of Communication and Media
Public Relations (UG)
Full Name: Stephanie Bennett
Professor of Communication and Media Ecology
Fellow for Student Engagement
B.A., Cedar Crest College; M.A., Monmouth University; Ph.D., Regent University.
After receiving recognition as a Media Studies Specialist from Monmouth University in New Jersey, Dr. Bennett went on to receive of Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication and proceeded to teach Mass Media, Professional Communication, and Public Speaking at various area universities. Then, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, Bennett garnered a Doctor of Philosophy in Communication with a focused research agenda in rhetorical studies and the intersection of new media and interpersonal relationship development. Her present research continues in the same vein, focusing on global media and the social issues raised by the emergence of an increasingly digital environment. Presently teaching Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Digital Culture and a variety of media-related courses here at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Dr. Bennett is a seasoned journalist and communication consultant. Her professional experiences include extensive work as a feature writer, columnist, music reviewer, and reporter. Working as a contributing editor for many global media outlets, including Focus on the Family publications, CCM magazine and the Gannett family of newspapers [parent company of USA Today], as well as host of a weekly radio show (the Saturday Morning Sanctuary), Dr. Bennett’s broad range of experience in media includes work as a communications consultant in various corporate settings, including internal employee training, public relations, marketing and artist development. Her work in vocal performance includes numerous industrial videos, public service announcements and television commercials that can be heard throughout Florida and in the New York metropolitan area. Dr. Bennett is a member of the National Communication Association and the International Jacques Ellul Society, where she serves on the advisory council; in the past she has served as director of communication for the Media Ecology Association and as division chair of communication studies for the Religious Communication Association. When she isn’t teaching, Dr. Bennett enjoys playing tennis, writing songs and sharing life with students, family and friends. With the release of her first original music project in 2005, “Toward the Lamb,” Dr. Bennett brings her love of music and writing together with a heart to inspire personal growth. Married to her musician/drummer husband, Earl, since 1983, she is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of nine.