Lynnette Porter Ph.D.
Dr. Lynnette Porter, professor, received her Ph.D. in English — with specializations in technical communication, rhetoric and composition — from Bowling Green State University, where she also received her M.A. in English and technical writing. Her B.A. is in history and radio/TV/film from Ball State University. She is the author of 14 books, with more in various stages of development.
Dr. Porter infuses her classes with new materials and insights from her research and expanding network of media contacts, and works with faculty to prepare books for publication.
Dr. Lynnette Porter, Associate Professor of Communication and Humanities
Dr. Lynnette Porter has authored more than 14 books, seven book chapters, 20 refereed papers, and has presented more than 100 conference or public presentations. Her published books include:
- Finding Battlestar Galactica: An Unofficial Guide (2008, Sourcebooks, first author)
- Lost’s Buried Treasures: The Unofficial Guide to Everything Lost Fans Need to Know (2007, Sourcebooks, first edition, first author; forthcoming in late 2008, second edition, first author)
- Unlocking the Meaning of Lost: An Unauthorized Guide (2006, Sourcebooks, first edition, first author; 2007, Sourcebooks, second edition, first author)
- Saving the World: A Guide to Heroes (2007, ECW Press, first author)
- Unsung Heroes of The Lord of the Rings: From the Page to the Screen (2005, Greenwood/Praeger, single authorship)
Dr. Porter is currently writing The Hobbits: The Many Lives of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin and a second Tolkien-themed book for London publisher Tauris. She was invited to write and is currently revising two chapters for the book Cult TV (forthcoming from University of Kentucky Press) and writing the foreword to a new edition of Abraham Merritt’s The Moon Pool by Overlook Press (forthcoming in late 2008).
In the past year, Dr. Porter has presented two academic papers at Popular Culture Association conferences and two at Hawaiian International Conferences on the Arts and Humanities, chairing sessions at each conference. In 2007, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she presented seminars about the global impact and cultural reflections of television series (e.g., Lost, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, 24, Doctor Who). In 2006 she was an invited speaker presenting six one-hour seminars during the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois; she discussed the spiritual and sociocultural aspects of television series. She represented the Tolkien Society as an invited speaker to Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fan conventions in Pasadena, CA; Newark, NJ; and Wembley, England.
Because Dr. Porter has achieved international recognition for her work in literature and popular culture, she frequently is interviewed on television and radio in the U.S. and Canada. In 2007-2008 she was featured on TV stations in Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Miami, FL; Detroit, MI; Toledo, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Youngstown, OH; Cleveland, OH; and Honolulu, HI, and interviewed by more than 50 radio stations. In 2007-2008 she presented to the local community via the University’s Arts and Letters series (2 times) and Friends of the Library’s speaker series (Port Orange Library, 4 times).
Dr. Porter infuses her classes with new materials and insights gained from her research and expanding network of media contacts. Although all her classes benefit from her communication interests, the Honors Program receives the greatest boost (e.g., Honors Program speaker Dr. Thomas Shippey, renowned Tolkien scholar). Through her continuing enthusiasm for research and writing, she helps her students understand the relevance of communication in their careers and tries to motivate them to higher standards of excellence.