Andrew E. Rudd

Communication Visual & Performing Arts Department

Malone University

2600 Cleveland Avenue NW

Canton OH, 44709


Ph.D. Interpersonal and Public Communication

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH. August 1999

M.A. Interdisciplinary Degree:

English & Communication

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. June, 1995

B.A. Communication Arts

Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH. June, 1992


1996-1999 Ph.D. Interpersonal and Public Communication, Bowling Green State University

Dissertation Title: Constructing Identity Through Communication Performances and Practices in Muskegon Garage Sales

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Alberto Gonzaléz

1993-1995 M.A. English and Communication, Andrews University

1988-1992 B.A. Communication Arts, Cedarville College


Full Professor, Communication Visual & Performing Arts, Malone University (2011 – present)

New Courses developed & taught:

COMM 110: Communication Skills



COMM 272: Film Appreciation*

COMM 375: Cinematography & Editing

COMM 377: Content Strategy & Social Media*

COMM 410: Persuasion

COMM 442: Intercultural Communication

COMM 452: Scriptwriting

Associate Professor, Communication Arts, Malone University (2006 – 2011)

Courses developed* & taught:

COMM 110: Communication Skills

COMM 230: Mass Media and Society

COMM 270: World Cinema*

MDCM 410: History and Theory of Film*

COMM 410: Persuasion

COMM 420: Research Methods in Communication

COMM 452: Scriptwriting

GEN 460: The American Dream in Film: 1950s to the Present

Assistant Professor, Communication Arts, Malone College (1999 – 2005)

Courses developed* & taught:

GEN 100: The College Experience

COMM 110: Communication Skills

COMM 230: Mass Media and Society*

CMST 230: Argumentation*

CMST 332: Organizational Communication*

SPCH 340: Debate*

THEA 410: Playwriting*

COMM 410: Persuasion*

COMM 420: Research Methods in Communication*

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Interpersonal & Public Communication, Bowling Green State University(1996-1999)

Courses taught:

IPC 102: Introduction to Human Communication

IPC 201: Human Communication Theory

IPC 203: Small Group Communication

IPC 307: Organizational Communication


Rudd, A. (2022). Rue. Short narrative film, competitively selected for Cleveland International Film Festival.

Rudd, A. (2021). Nepenthe. Feature Screenplay, competitively selected for University Film and Video Association.

Rudd, A. (2018). $107 A Day. Feature Screenplay, competitively selected for University Film and Video Association.

Rudd, A. (2017). Safety Net. Short narrative film, competitively selected for 18 film festivals internationally.

Rudd, A. (2016). $107 A Day. Feature Film Script, competitively selected for the Cleveland Indie Film Incubator.

Rudd, A. (2015). It’s Not About Me — It’s About You. Audience Research & Communication Apprehension: Two Birds With One In-Class Speech Lab. Competitively selected workshop presented at Ohio Communication Association Conference.

Rudd, A. (2011). Into the Light. Collaborative conceptual gallery show featuring 5 non-narrative experimental films. Screened at Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio.

Rudd, A. (2011). Blindsighted: Perceptions Public & Private. Directed and edited nine short documentary films, invited collaborater for Gallery Event and Display at Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio. (Some films still screen on

Rudd, A. (2011). Up From Sippo Hollow. Short documentary film, screened at Canton Film Fest. (also available on

Rudd, A. (2011). Preacher Boy. Feature length script juried and accepted into workshop for University Film and Video Association.

Rudd, A. (2011). Community Cultural Development Project: REELATE.ORG hyper-local micro-documentary. Competitively selected for presentation at University Film & Video Association Annual Conference.

Rudd, A. (2009). Multilevel Relationship. Short narrative fiction film. Official Selection at 7 United States Festivals.

Rudd, A. (1998, November). PFF: Preparing Future Faculty for the 21st Century and Communication Education. Panel presentation at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New York.

Rudd, A. (1998, April). Free Press (re)colonizes Sault Chippewa casino: The erasure of rhetorical space. Competitive paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Rudd, A. (1997, April). Framing Generation X: Slackers living in Reality (that really) Bites. Competitive paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Stl Louis, MS.

Rudd, A. (1997, March). A Burkean pentadic analysis of Reality Bites and Slacker. Competitive paper presented at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI.


2020 - Writer: Nepenthe. (feature length screenplay) named Quarterfinalist in Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.

2018 - Director: Safety Net. (short film) wins audience awards at two festivals.

2015 - Writer / Director: Safety Net, (short film screenplay) selected as finalists and winners in the Cleveland Indie Film Incubator Contest.

2011 - Producer / Director: Up From Sippo Hollow (short documentary film) Winner of Documentary Category Canton Film Fest.

2011 – Executive Producer: Keepsakes. (student film) Honorable Mention in juried student film competition at Broadcast Education Association (largest competitive category) – Festival of Media Arts.

2011 – Thesis Advisor: Alyssa Pearson Breaking-Up and Breaking Norms: Investigating Cultural Implications of Non-Conventional Romantic Comedies. Won 2nd Place in Gender Studies Division at Broadcast Education Association.

2010 – Recipient of Malone Faculty Grant: Assessment of REELATE.ORG program, making of training materials, and the filming of a new micro-documentary.

2009 – Recipient of ARTS IN STARK GRANT. Documentary filmmaking project: REELATE. is a program targeted at developing local films about local people and screening them for local audiences on the web.

2008 – Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Malone University.

2008 - First place winning script. Hide Out. Grand Valley State University Annual Screenplay Competition.

1999 – Winner of the Graduate School Teaching Award. Selected from a pool of 500 graduate teaching assistants at Bowling Green State University, and chosen from a pool of 20 semi-finalists, and seven finalists.

1998 – Top graduate student paper in Mass Communication and winner of Samuel L. Becker Award. Rudd, A. (1998, April). Free Press (re)colonizes Sault Chippewa casino: The erasure of rhetorical space. Competitive paper presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

1995 - 2nd place winner – Short Fiction Prize. Rudd, A. (1995) A short lesson in photo composition. Appalachian Heritage, 23, No. 4, 58-63.


Appointed Department Chair: Communication Visual & Performing Arts. (2019 - present)

Elected Faculty Committee Service: Faculty Senate. (2019 - 2021)

University Liason to Dialogues on Diversity (2016 - 2018)

Designed & Organized: Engaging Students of Color Faculty Development Event (2017)

New Faculty Mentor: Sangsun Choi (2016 - 2017)

Faculty Committee Service: Faculty Development Committee (2016 - 2019)

Elected Department Chair: Communication Arts Department (2014 - 2015)

Faculty Committee Service: Undergraduate Academic Program Committee (2013 - 2015)

Elected Chair: Grievance Committee (2013 - 2016)

Interim Director: General Education Program (2012 - 2013)

Founder and Director: Open Frame Student Film Festival (2002- 2012, 2022)

Elected Faculty Representative: General Education Committee (2009 – 2012)

Appointed to Tenure and Promotion 12 Peer Review Committees. (2006 – present)

Honors Thesis Chair. (2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2020)

Chaired six theses; topics included An Ideographic Critique of Jamaican Tourism Literature, A Rhetorical Analysis of Halo 2, two original screenplays, and A Genre Analysis of “Break-up” Romantic Comedy Films, and a theatrical performance of literature.

Honors Thesis Committee Member. (2008, 2010, 2013)

Invited faculty member: Convergence Journalism, Therapeutic Models in Appalachia, Symbolic Constructions of Female Singleness in an Evangelical College Setting, Constructions of Community and Consumerism on Pinterest, and Female Identity in Graffiti (art installation),

Elected Faculty Representative: Faculty Senate. (2004 – 2009)

Appointed Chair, Special Task Force: Missional Marketing. (2008 – 2009)

Appointed Member, Special Task Force: Provost Search Committee. (2007)

Department Chair: Communication Arts Department. (2003 – 2006)

Faculty Committee Service: Faculty Development Committee. (2000 - 2003)

Invited Lectures. (2000 – 2015)

I have given invited lectures to various groups across campus on (at least) 18 occasions. Four of these lectures have been to the entire undergraduate student body.


Festival Director. Canton Film Festival. (2018)

Member of Dialogues on Diversity. (2016 - 2018)

Invited Filmmaker,Stark County International Short Film Series. (2018)

Stark Color Picture Prize. Successfully funded a prize to encourage filmmaking focused upon local diversity to be honored by jury selection at the Canton Film Fest. (2015)

Invited interview for the feature film Honorable Capitalism ? (2015)

Volunteer Presenter, Community Board Representative, Marketing Strategist: TomTod Ideas. (2015 - present)

Board Member: Essential Story, Filmmaking non-profit. (2012-present)

Invited Programmer and Planner for Canton Film Festival. (2011-2012)

Invited Filmmaker Blindsighted: Perceptions Public & Private. (2010-2011)

Invited Filmmaker Into the Light. (2010-2011)

Invited Writer in Stations of the Cross Gallery exhibit. (2010-2011)

Volunteer for Canton Palace International Film Festival. (2010-2012)

Invited Juror. for Stark County Schools Film Festival held at Glen Oak High School. (2010)

Invited Filmmaker Lecture at Hoover High School. (2010)

Invited Filmmaker, Sandy Valley Independent Short Film Series. (2010)

Invited Presenter at High School Career Fair. Kent State University - Stark Branch. (2008 - 2010)

Invited Screenwriting Expert at Timken High School: Special Seminars on Screenwriting. (2008)

Jury Member. Akron Film Festival. (2006)

Committee Member of the Canton Art Film Club. (2006 - 2008)

Service Learning Focus & Projects. (2000 – 2018)

In many of the courses I teach, I have developed working relationships between my students and non-profit organizations and small businesses in the Stark and Summit county areas. In 2010 and 2012, student projects led to ongoing campaigns implemented by these businesses and ongoing service learning projects in other courses and across campus.


Scriptwriting / Consulting: Stark County District Library, Jackson Township Branch Design Concept. (2018)

Invited Presenter: Alliance for Community Media Conference, Philo Festival Awards and Trade Show. (2018)

Independent Contractor: Developed Annual Stakeholder Newsletter for Tech Startup: Wastebits. (2016)

Invited Presenter: TomTod Ideas: One day storytelling seminar. Camp Whatif? Storytelling seminars. (2016)

Independent Contractor: Contractor: Developed Sales Cut Sheet for Tech Startup: Wastebits. (2015)

Independent Contractor: Developed Social Media Campaign for production team of independent Documentary: Honorable Capitalism? (2015)

Developed Visual Communication Campaign Strategy for Middle School non-profit organization: TomTod Ideas. (2015)

Managing Editor: Muskegon Today. (1993 - 1096)

Monthly Community Magazine with a 30,000 home circulation.

Director of Development: Calvary Christian School. (1993 - 1096)

I doubled the annual fund, set up a planned giving program, developed an alumni outreach program, oversaw volunteers, developed community branding initiatives and oversaw multiple publications to various constituencies.