Leonard Shyles, Ph.D.
Dr. Leonard Shyles has been a Professor in the Department of Communication at Villanova University since 1989. He served as the director of the video production lab until 2000. He is also a member of the speech faculty, teaching Business and Professional Speaking to the University’s undergraduate majors mainly from the Business School. His research focuses on the transition from analog to digital platforms across media and telecommunications institutions. His principal recent work includes the texts Deciphering cyberspace: making the most of digital communication technology (2003), and The Art of Video Production (2007) by Sage publications.

Dr. Shyles is also an expert in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. He has taught research methodology in the Communication Department continuously since 1989, and has published widely in the fields of political communication, public communication campaigns, and military propaganda analysis. Dr. Shyles advises students in the Senior Project capstone course on a continuing basis. Appointments can be made by the Communication Department Office at 610 519 4750.


Current Address

Villanova University
Department of Communication
SAC 251
Villanova PA 19085
Phone: 610 519 7923



  • 1981 Ph.D. Communication, The Ohio State University
  • 1974 MS Radio/Television, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • 1971 BA Philosophy, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Academic Positions

  • 1989-Present Associate Professor of Communication, Villanova University
  • 1983-1989, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 1981-1983, Assistant Professor of Communication, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


  • International Radio and Television Society (IRTS)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)

Teaching Activities

Business and Professional Speaking (Syllabus)
Communication Research (Syllabus)
Mass Communication Studies (Syllabus)
Mass Communication in the Digital Age (Syllabus)
Independent Study in Senior Project
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Artisan Workshop: Robert Bedford: Music Teaching and Performing with the Alexander Technique
Artisan Workshop: Harry Havnoonian: Custom Bicycle Frame Building
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Don and Kathie Take "Royal-T" Out To Play
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Research Activities

Dr. Shyles is actively involved in the assessment of distance learning and the use of digital media in distance education. He also writes textbooks on teaching video production, and digital media technologies.

Recent Publications

  • Shyles, Leonard (2007) The Art of Video Production. Sage publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Shyles, Leonard (2003). Deciphering cyberspace: making the most of digital communication technology. Sage publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • Shyles, Leonard (2001). Blaming computers for our own data diet. The review of communicaton. (1), pp. 108-114.

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