Robert I Abelman (Bob Abelman), Ph.D.
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 Title: Professor
 Dept: Communication
 Office: MU 212
 Phone: 216-687-4624
 Email: R.ABELMAN@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/class/com/rabelmanBio.html
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MU 212, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Education:
Ph.D., Radio-TV-Film, University of Texas, 1982
M.A., Communication/Child Psy., Michigan State University, 1979
B.A., Communication, University of Hartford, 1977
 
Brief Bio:
Robert Abelman is Professor of Media Arts & Technology in the School of Communication.  He has served as the School's Director of the Media Arts and Technology Division and its Internship Director.  He has also served as Associate Dean and Director of Academic Advising for the college.  Dr. Abelman has taught at Cleveland State University since 1982.

His research focuses children's television programming, including teleliteracy for gifted and learning disabled children, and is a research consultant to several children's television production houses.  He is also interested in broadcast history,religious broadcasting and the use of vision statements by institutions of higher education.

His awards include The Mensa Education and Research Foundation's Excellence in Research Award (1999, 2004, 2006), CSU's Distinguished Faculty Research Award (1995), the Outstanding Young Teacher Award (1986), and numerous faculty merit awards. In 2010, Dr. Abelman became a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr. Abelman was listed in the Top 100 Researchers in Field of Communication Studies, 1915-1995 (1999) as well as the Most Prolific Telecommunication Scholar Roster, 1985-1995 (1998).

His books include: Refereeing the Muses: A Theatre Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer (2013, Peter Lang Publishing); The Televiewing Audience: The Art & Science of Watching TV, 2nd edition (2012, Peter Lang Publishing); Reaching a Critical Mass (1997, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing); Reclaiming the Wasteland: TV and Gifted Children (1995, Hampton Press), Television and the Exceptional Child (1992, Lawrence Erlabaum Publishing), and Religious Television: Controversies & Conclusions (1990, Ablex Publishing).

He has published over 100 articles in many journals including Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Media Economics, Journal of Radio Studies, Roeper Review, Human Communication Research, Media Psychology, The Journal of Media and Religion, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, NACADA Journal, and The Journal of Advertising Research.

In his free time, he is a professional actor, serves as an award-winning theatre critic for The News-Herald and the Chagrin Valley Times/Solon Times/Geauga Times Courier newspapers (2013, 2011, 2010 First Place Awards, The National Federation of Press Women, Inc., Communications Competition (Category: Theatre Reviews)), umpires girl's fastpitch softball, and teaches Chinese martial arts (Pai Lum Kung Fu).
 
Honors and Awards:
2013 First Place Awards, Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. Communications
Competition (Categories: Special Articles--Reviews)

2011 Three Place Awards, Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. Communications
Competition (Categories: Special Articles--Reviews, Entertainment Feature,
        Personality Profiles)

2010 Two First Place Awards, Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. Communications
Competition (Categories: Special Articles--Reviews, Personality Profiles)

2008 University Merit Award (Top Rated Faculty), Cleveland State University

2006 Excellence in Research Award, The Mensa Education and Research Foundation
(Achieving and Underachieving Intellectually Gifted Children and Media)

2006 Advising Administration Commission Research Award, National Academic
        Advising Association

2006 Two-Year Colleges Commission Research Award, National Academic Advising
        Association

2005 University Merit Award (Top Rated Faculty), Cleveland State University

2004 Listed as Top 100 Researcher in the Field of Communications Studies, 1915-2001,
        Communication Quarterly (Fall 2004 Issue)

2004 Excellence in Research Award, The Mensa Education and Research Foundation
(Intellectually and Artistically Gifted Children and Television)

2003 Top Paper, Visual Communication Division, Association for Education in
        Journalism and Mass Communication

2000 Excellence in Research Award, The Mensa Education and Research Foundation
(Gifted Children and Television)
 
Creative and Activities:
2010 Institute Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Journalism
Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, University of Southern
California

2006- Theatre critic for the News-Herald (daily) and the Chagrin Valley
Times (weekly) newspapers.
 
Research Interests:
Mass Media