Joe Flickinger, PhD

Joe Flickinger

Title: Professor Emeritus
Location:  Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Joe Flickinger, PhD, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electronics telecommunications policy.

An award-winning educator and executive who achieved forty years of success in his career, Dr. Flickinger is proof that opportunities lead to discovering your life’s purpose. His professional journey was an evolution of taking chances and exploring new areas of work. Having first established his career as a chemist and physicist, he changed his career path toward theater arts. After a few years, an opportunity came from a local university seeking a chief radio engineer instructor. Dr. Flickinger applied for and received the job due to his former experience as an assistant chief engineer for Station KUSC-FM, station engineer for Station KAST-AM-FM and studio operator for Clatsop Community College. Upon taking this new role, Dr. Flickinger was propelled into a career in academia where he not only excelled, but he uncovered his true passion for teaching. Over the course of the next two decades, he found a home at Radford University, where he has held multiple titles over the years, including director of the graduate program for corporate and professional communication, chair of the media studies department, and professor for the school of communications. Along the way, Dr. Flickinger took the time to expand his professional and personal perspective by serving in visiting professor roles at such prominent universities as the American University of Bulgaria and the Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Flickinger’s success is supported by his education, which includes a PhD from the University of Oregon, a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College, and an Associate of Science from Clatsop Community College. In addition to his full-time work, he has contributed his time to industry-related projects through his membership with the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Communications Society, the American Radio Relay League, the Pacific Telecommunications Council, the Northco Inner Circle, the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Model RR Association, the Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club and the Radford Host Lions Club. Looking ahead, Dr. Flickinger intends to enjoy his retirement through his favorite hobbies of golf, fishing, astronomy, and cooking.

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