Dr. Evene Estwick

Associate Professor/Chair
Communication Studies

141 South Main 106
(570) 408-4161

Dr. Evene Estwick, Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department, joined the Wilkes faculty in 2005. Originally from Barbados, Dr. Estwick’s teaching responsibilities include Mass Media Literacy, Arts of Film, Introduction to Telecommunications, Intercultural Communications and Public Speaking. Her research interests include international media, globalization and the media, Caribbean media and developmental and international communication. R. Estwick has presented research papers at some of the largest professional organizations in the field, including the National Communication Association, International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conferences.

Dr. Estwick has served as faculty advisor for study abroad and community service trips to Turkey, Tanzania, Peru, Dominican Republic and Belize. In 2011 and 2012 she served as the faculty advisor for trips to Tanzania in East Africa, spending four weeks in Tanzania, experiencing cultural immersions in a rural area and learning about the community programs, media outlets, and culture of this part of East Africa. Find out more about her summer 2012 trip in the Tanzania blog.

Dr. Estwick received her BA and MA from Howard University and her PhD in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University.

During summer 2011 and 2012, Dr. Estwick served as faculty advisor to the Study Abroad in Tanzania program, taught through the Center for International Studies at University of Pittsburgh. She supervised student research in Karagwe, Tanzania. In that role she facilitated student discussions on cultural, social, economic and political issues of Tanzania, providing theoretical and practical support for students conducting research.

Prior to joining the faculty at Wilkes in 2005, she was a Career Exploration Counselor in Student Support Services at Temple University (2002-2003) and a Publications Associate with University Communications at Howard University (1997-1999). From 1990-1994 she was a writer and sub-editor with the National Publishing Company in Bridgetown, Barbados.

  • “What Small Programs Do Best to Improve Each Student’s Writing: A Community of Writers in the Freshmen Foundations Class”, paper at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL, November 2012.
  • “Birth of a Digital Nation: A Case Study of the Digital Video Industry in Barbados,” paper presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Communication and Mass Media Conference, Athens, Greece, May 2011.
  • “Media Imperialism Revisited: An Historical Analysis of Television in Barbados,” paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference, Singapore, June 2010.
  • “Deal or No Deal: A Critical Perspective of Product Placement in reality Television,” paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL, August 2008.
  • “Whose Learning Curve Is It? How Digital Media Advances Have Changed the Way We Teach Journalism,” paper presented at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, IL, August 2008.
  • “Reality Familiarity: The Contextualized Stereotypes of African-American Women in Tyler Perry’s Movies,” paper presented at Texas Southern University’s Intercultural Communication Conference, Houston, TX, April 2008 (w/K. Harris).
  • “I Hear What Your Hair is Saying: The Non-Verbals of Hair,” paper presented at the PA Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2008 (w/G. Morrison).
  • “Mentorship for International Students: Bridging Cultural Gaps,” paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Chicago, IL, November 2007.
  • “Who’s Watching You? Internet Use and Privacy in the Workplace,” paper presented at Temple University Competitive Graduate Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA, February 2001.
  • “Media Dependency” A Study of Television in Barbados,” paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, Seattle, WA, November 2000.
  • Faculty Development Grant, National Association of Television Programming Executives, 2010
  • Faculty Seminar Grant, International Radio and Television Society, 2009
  • Impact Summer Grant in partnership with Disney and ABC Television Group Talent Development and Diversity Impact Summit, 2009
  • Black Women in Sports Foundation Dissertation Research Grant, 2004
  • Organization of American States Fellow, 1999-2001
  • Fellowship, INTELSAT Research Program, 1998
  • Outstanding Faculty Merit Award, Wilkes University, 2010
  • TREC’s Outstanding Multiculturalism Award, Wilkes University, 2009
  • Wilkes University’s Global and Diversity Center’s Diversity Leader Faculty Award, 2009
  • Wilkes University’s National Society of Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award, 2008
  • Outstanding Alumni Achievement and Contribution as an Educator Award, Modern High School (Barbados), 2007