Robert I Abelman (Bob Abelman), Ph.D.
 Title: Professor
 Dept: Communication
 Office: MU 212
 Phone: 216-687-4624
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. MU 212, Cleveland, OH 44115

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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 Distinguished 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 on 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 has testified before the FCC regarding the Children's Television Act.  He is also interested in broadcast history,religious broadcasting and the use of vision statements by institutions of higher education as a communication tool.

Dr. Abelman is listed as Top 100 Researcher in the Field of Communications Studies, 1915-1995 in Communication Monographs and is listed on the Most Prolific Telecommunication Scholar Roster, 1985-1995 by the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.  

Dr. Abelman also serves as an award-winning theater critic for The Cleveland Jewish News (weekly) and the News-Herald (daily), having been recognized as the 2016 and 2015 "Best Critic in Ohio" by the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2015 "Best Theater Critic in Ohio" by the Press Club of Cleveland. In 2016 he served as a  Guest critic at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.
Honors and Awards:
His research and teaching 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.
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Abelman is a produced playwright ("Rave Review," "Or, What You Will") and professional actor (Cleveland Play House, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Cain Park Theater, Beck Center for the Arts).