Joseph Kayany

Joseph Kayany

Joseph Kayany

Joseph Kayany Associate Professor

323 Sprau Tower
(269) 387-3139

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Education: Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of Expertise: New communication technologies, telecommunications networks, mass communication theory, and international telecommunications

Courses I Teach

COM 2400: Introduction to Telecommunications

This course will introduce the history, development, and study of media and telecommunications. Areas of study will include roles in media organizations, including management, programming, journalism, and media production. In addition, this curse will examine the media's relationship to economic, political, and social institutions (including advertising and regulation); media literacy; and social effects research.

COM 4540: Interactive Media

The course is designed to investigate the psychological and social effects of on-line interactive communication technologies in the interpersonal, organizational, and social contexts. It also proposes to develop on-line communication and information retrieval skills, and guide students through non-linear organization of information and hypertext design of communication on the Web.

COM 4550: International Telecommunications

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the essential regulatory and policy issues governing the field of international telecommunications. Special attention is given to the major regulatory agencies and economic players responsible for the formation of telecommunications policy at the international level.

COM 3050: Organizational Communication Technologies

Special topics in organizational communication. The course reviews the research on the impact of of modern communication technologies on human society at the interpersonal, organizational and social contexts.

Research Interests

The impact of new telecommunication technologies on a broad range of social institutions -- families, educational institutions, nations and the global village.


Kayany, J. M. & Yelsma, P. (2000) "Displacement effects of online media in the socio-technical contexts of households " Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 44(2) 215-230.

Kayany, J.M. (2000). "The Internet" in Gershon, R.A. "Telecommunication Management: Industry Structure & Business Strategy". Mahwah, N.J: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Kayany, J.M. & Yelsma, P. (1999). "Family communication patterns and the use of online media in households", First place, Open paper competition of the Research Division, Broadcast Education Association Convention, Las Vegas, April 1999.

Creative Activities

World Wide Web design.
Recent designs include: WMU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter webpage, WMU School of Communication webpage (you are here)


TLT Presidential Grant, "Telecommunication networks: An interactive web-text", 1999.

My Life Outside the University

I am originally from Kerala, India. I came to the United States in 1990. My wife Gracie and I have lived in Kalamazoo since 1995. Our two sons Jamie and Tony were born here.


School of Communication
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5318 USA
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