Brandon Szuminsky headshot

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Brandon Szuminsky

Brandon Szuminsky headshot

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MBA, B.A., Waynesburg University

Brandon Szuminsky is an assistant professor of journalism in the department of communication arts and sciences, where he teaches journalism and feature writing courses and is the faculty advisor to the student newspaper, The Exponent.

Szuminsky earned a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in communications media and instructional technology, with dissertation research on the sourcing practices of Pennsylvania journalists covering the Marcellus shale natural gas industry in the state. He also earned a Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in journalism and electronic media from Waynesburg University. Szuminsky has presented and published research on framing and bias in front page newspaper coverage of controversial Supreme Court rulings, media framing and sourcing, and the transmission of hoaxes and misinformation on Twitter and other social media platforms.

Before joining Baldwin Wallace, Szuminsky was an instructor of communication at Waynesburg University for nine years, where he guided student journalists to more than three dozen regional, state and national journalism awards, including the best non-daily student newspaper award from the Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ) Region 4 and a national award from SPJ for in-depth reporting of the opioid crisis in southwestern Pennsylvania. He received the Lucas D. Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence from Waynesburg University in 2012. Prior to joining academia, he was an editor, reporter, copy editor and columnist for newspapers in southwestern Pennsylvania.