Wes Fondren - Coastal Carolina University
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Wes E. Fondren

Associate Professor, Communication, Media and Culture

Jonathan Doe
Contact Wes E. Fondren
843-349-6656 wfondren@coastal.edu

Brittain 308

Fall 2021 Office Hours
Mondays/Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00pm
*Please email for an appointment. 

We don’t speak because it needs to be said; we speak because it needs to be heard. Most people don’t understand the difference.” - Robert Smith, Ph.D.


Before earning his doctorate, Wes Fondren worked as director of technology for Boone Newspapers, Inc., a conglomerate that owns 45 newspapers. The use of technology in the communication process is one of his research interests, along with media psychology and media effects. Fondren also worked as an ordained minister for several years and has two daughters and two sons. He loves college football.


Ph.D., Communication & Information Science, specialization: cognitive psychology, University of Alabama (2009)
M.Div., Samford University (2000)
B.A., Psychology, University of Alabama

Interesting Facts

Bryant, J. Fondren, W., & Holody, K. J. (2017). Violence and sex in the media. In D. W. Stacks & M. B. Salwen (Eds.), An integrated approach to Communication theory and research (181-197). Routledge: NY.

2017 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (CCU)
2015 Excellence in Teaching Award (National Society of Leadership)
2014 Student Advocate of the Year Award (Student Government Association, CCU)
2013 Faculty Member of the Year Award (Athletic Department, CCU)

Teaching Areas

Communication theory, communication and technology, media literacy, media effects

Research Areas

Media effects, media psychology, communication technology