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Keith Strudler

Director of the School of Communication and Media, School of Communication and Media

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Dr. Keith Strudler joined Montclair State University in 2017 as the director of the School of Communication and Media, where he oversees the continued growth of a broad range of majors, programs, partnerships, and co-curricular activities, working collaboratively with a nationally regarded faculty and staff as well as industry and community partners. Prior to coming to Montclair, Strudler served as the founding director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, where he built key professional partnerships; created several signature events, including the Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication Award; and led a range of research initiatives. He also served several years as the communication department chair at Marist in addition to a long tenure as a faculty member at the College, where he built one of the nation's first degree programs in sports communication. An active media scholar, Strudler's research focuses on the intersection of sports and media, and he has published on topics ranging from televised sports heroes to the portrayal of race in sports television to the use of emerging technologies in sports spectatorship. Strudler is an expert source for national and international media outlets and remains an active sports media professional, currently serving as a long-time weekly sports commentator for Northeast Public Radio (WAMC), an NPR affiliate that spans across seven states in the Northeast. Other past professional work include sports commentary for PBS NewsHour, co-hosting a weekly sports program for an ESPN affiliate, and serving as a sports columnist for the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Strudler received his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Florida, an MEd from the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and his BA in English from Cornell University.