B.A. in English, Harvard University, 1989
Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film, Northwestern University, 1997
A scholar of political communication, Chad co-authored Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity (Cambridge University Press) and wrote Investigated Reporting: Muckrakers, Regulators, and the Struggle over Television Documentary (University of Illinois Press), which won three awards for best book of the year. He has published in journals such as Political Communication, New Media and Society, Politics and Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Law and Policy, and Journal of Educational Computing Research. He integrates his research and teaching by regularly co-publishing articles with undergraduate students. Chad has chaired the Communication Department, as well as committees that designed the university’s Core Curriculum and that helped draft Santa Clara’s Strategic Plan. He consults on communication campaign designs for environmental organizations. Chad has also chaired the boards of two environmental organizations — the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition — and a task force on greening the International Communication Association.
Introduction to Media Studies (COMM 2), Technology and Communication (COMM 12), Environmental Communication (COMM 120A), Dialogue and Deliberation (COMM 128B), Theory of News (COMM 147A), Communication Law (COMM 170A), Senior Thesis (COMM 197)