Steven Smethers


Associate Professor, JDM Sequence, and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies
Office: Kedzie 104B | 532-5286 | smethers@ksu.edu


Dr. Steven Smethers is the associate director for the undergraduate programs in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. A member of the faculty since 2002, Smethers supervises recruiting, enrollment and advising, and he schedules courses for the school’s three sequences in advertising, journalism/digital media and public relations. He served as associate director for graduate studies from 2009-2012.

Smethers teaches MC 110 Mass Communications in Society, the school’s basic introductory course, which draws hundreds of students from across campus each semester. He also teaches in such areas as community journalism, media convergence, media management, and qualitative research.

A former Kansas broadcaster, Dr. Smethers is a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Foundation, and he is a past member of the KAB board of directors. His background in local broadcasting has yielded a research agenda that is grounded in community journalism and engagement, and he has conducted research designed to help Kansas communities explore alternative media delivery sources for relaying community news. His community journalism research interests have also yielded regional histories of local broadcasting, and how rural radio stations reflected the rural lifestyles of the people they served. He is one of the founders of the Great Plains Radio History Symposium, an annual exchange of scholarly papers reflecting the history of radio programming, operations, technology and ownership in the rural Midwestern states.

Smethers’ research has been published in such journals as the Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Radio Studies and American Journalism