Caroline E. Sawyer, PhD

Caroline E. Sawyer, PhD     

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Library Room 147
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8223
Caroline E. Sawyer, PhD

I’m an award-winning producer, an associate professor of Communication Studies, and the director of the Sand Shark Center for Innovative Media.

I earned my PhD in communication from the University of Memphis, my Master of Arts from Austin Peay State University, and my Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University. My teaching experience includes working at several universities in Tennessee and California. In addition to my educational background, I worked professionally as a corporate communication consultant for several public and private corporations advising on media production, website design, social media campaigns, and public & investor relations.

In and out of the classroom, I embrace experiential learning, or learning by doing (Kolb 1984). I’m a hand-on person and a hands-on instructor. My courses consist of learning theory and applying that theory into practical projects that help students build skills and their resume. One such opportunity is a show that I produce called, By The RiverBy The River, an Emmy nominated show, is a collaborative TV show between USCB & SCETV that is nationally distributed to public media television via American Public Television. Students have the opportunity to work on this show as camera operators, production assistants, associate producers, digital producers, and social media producers.

As the director of the Sand Shark Center for Innovative Media, I oversee the Innovative Media Lab, student media productions, some of the university athletic livestream productions, and work on collaborative community media projects.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

Doctor of Philosophy. University of Memphis 2016

MA in Corporate Communication. Austin Peay State University 2006

BS in Business Administration in Marketing. Baylor University 2002

  • COMM B190 - Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMM B201 - Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM B216 - Digital Communication Technologies
  • COMM B225 - Single Camera Production
  • COMM B230 - Organizational Communication
  • COMM B240 - Media and Society
  • COMM B250 - Theories of Communication
  • COMM B255 - Communication Studies Research
  • COMM B305 - Television Studio Production I
  • COMM B306 - Media 2.0
  • COMM B307 - Documentary Theory & Aesthetics
  • COMM B390 - Family Communication
  • COMM B398 - Topics in Communication Studies
  • COMM B399 - Independent Study
  • COMM B402 - Sports Broadcasting
  • COMM B405 - Television Studio Production II
  • UNIV B101 - The Student in the University
  • UNIV B401 - Graduation with Leadership Distinction Capstone
  • Corporate Communication
  • Gender and Sports Communication
  • Broadcast, Sports and New Media and Transmedia Storytelling
  • Popular Culture, American Culture and Critical Discourse Studies