Faculty Profile

Douglas Kocher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Douglas J. Kocher is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, where he served as Chair from 1986 - 2011, beginning one year after the Department’s creation. He will be on sabbatical Fall 2011 working on a manuscript on pre-Civil War Presidential press tour coverage, and will return as a full-time faculty member in January, 2012.

He holds a B.A. in English and Geography from Valparaiso University, an M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee (main campus, Knoxville) and a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Kocher’s scholarly interests include Internet history and early White House - newspaper relationships. He is a reviewer for the online Internet journal First Monday. Dr. Kocher has taught Introduction to Internet Communication, Valparaiso University’s first course taught entirely online, since the spring semester of 1995.

He holds memberships in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Society of Professional Journalists. His past services include Vice-Chairship of Wisconsin’s Educational Communications Board, the oversight body for the Wisconsin public television and radio network.

He has served as the first Graduate Program Director for the Department’s Master of Science degree in Digital Media, its Master of Science in Sports Media, and on numerous University committees.


B.A. in English and Geography - Valparaiso University 
M.S. in Geography - University of Tennessee 
Ph.D. in Communications - University of Tennessee