Heather Hamilton-Stilwell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Journalism
Journalism and New Media Program
Faculty Adviser | Broadcast Journalism

Office Phone: (951) 552-8487
E-mail: hstilwell@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: James
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Communication Regent University 2016
M.S. Broadcast Journalism S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University 2007
B.A. Cinema and Broadcasting Arts Azusa Pacific University 2004
  • Courses Taught

    Communication Theory
    Qualitative Research Methodologies
    Quantitative Research Methodologies
    Media and Society
    Global Communications
    Podcast and Broadcast Principles
    Journalism Ethics
    News Reporting
    Public Affairs Reporting
    Editing for Print and Online Media
    Radio Practicum
    Introduction to Public Communication

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Broadcast Journalism
    Health Journalism
    Healthcare Communication Research
    Mediated Coping Techniques for Children

  • Teaching Experience

    Biola University, La Mirada, Ca.
    Long Beach City College, Long Beach, Ca.
    Regent University (Graduate Assistant)
    S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University, Syracuse N.Y. (Graduate Assistant)
    Calvary Chapel Christian School, Downey, Ca. (High School English and Media Faculty)

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Stilwell, H. (2015). A review of Jason Mittell's complex tv. The Popular Culture Studies Journal. In press.

    Stilwell, H. (2015). Stilwell, H. (2015). C.S. Lewis: Indirectly communicating Christ. C.S. Lewis - Communication and Theology. Presentation made in Oxford, England.

    Stilwell, H. (2015). Qualitative coding: Simplifying the process. Regent University Communication Colloquium. Presentation made in Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2015). Understanding medical experiences: A qualitative examination of children’s use of medically themed media in coping. NSSA. Presentation made in Las Vegas, NV.

    Stilwell, H. (2015). Connecting with children in a mediated world: An exploration of how media influences children. NSSA. Presentation made in Las Vegas, NV.

    Stilwell, H. (2014). Don't miss these stories! Covering those who live on the margins. ACP/CMA. Presentation made in Philadelphia, PA.

    Stilwell, H. (2014). Athletes who pray: Sports reporting that goes beyond the court or field. ACP/CMA. Presentation made in Philadelphia, PA.

    Stilwell, H. (2014, June). Narrative frameworks for health communication. Regent University Communication Colloquium. Presentation made in Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2014). Qualitative research in real life. Regent University Communication Colloquium. Presentation made in Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2014). Helping children cope: The role and effectiveness of medically themed media. School of Communication Arts, Regent University. Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2014). Using children’s media to develop coping strategies and demystify medical experiences: A rhetorical analysis of Daniel Visits the Doctor, a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode. School of Communication Arts, Regent University. Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2014). Understanding medical experiences:
    Children’s use of medically themed media in coping. School of Communication Arts, Regent University. Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2013). Using media to communicate about fear with hospitalized children. School of Communication Arts, Regent University. Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2013). Using children’s media to demystify illness and develop courage: A rhetorical analysis of doc McStuffins. School of Communication Arts, Regent University. Virginia Beach, VA.

    Stilwell, H. (2007). Citizen journalism: From pamphleteers to home video and blogs. S. I. Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University. Syracuse, NY.

    Stilwell, H. (2006). How to Teach MLA vs. APA Writing Styles. Calvary Chapel Christian School Teacher Inservice. Downey, CA.

    Hamilton, H. (2004). Expecting the future: Breaking into broadcasting. Broadcast Education Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

    Hamilton, H. (2003). Time is ticking: Issues facing women in broadcast journalism and how they might be overcome. Azusa Pacific University. Azusa, CA.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Calvary Chapel La Mirada
    Children's Ministry
    Women's Ministry

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Calvary Chapel La Mirada
    Children's Ministry
    Women's Ministry

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Faculty Mentor
    Student Broadcast Media Adviser
    Steering Committee Chair, Religion and Media Interest Division, Broadcast Education Association
    Team Parent for community sports teams

  • Personal Philosophy

    When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
    When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
    When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
    For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
    Isaiah 43:1-2

    Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
    Psalm 16:5

    No matter what circumstances we face in life, we know that in Christ we have assurance that He is always with us providing us just what we need for that moment.