Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication

Master of Science in Television/Radio/Film, Syracuse University

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies , Oberlin College

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Dan Tinianow, PhD
College of Liberal Arts


"Guiding students to discover their passion in life is the most rewarding part of teaching for me."

Dr. Dan Tinianow is an Associate Professor and the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He received a PhD in Mass Communication and a Master of Science in Television/Radio/Film from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, where he was a University Fellow, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with minors in Psychology and Studio Art from Oberlin College, where he graduated with honors. Dr. Tinianow has taught at many colleges over the past few decades, including positions at Syracuse University, Austin College, La Sierra University, Donghua University in Shanghai, China, and Capital University. He also worked full-time in the entertainment industry from 2001-2003, as well as project work from time to time. About teaching at Ashford, Dr. Tinianow says, “Guiding students to discover their passion in life is the most rewarding part of teaching for me. I welcome the opportunity to move into large-scale online instruction at Ashford, as it will clearly play a growing role in the future. Learning is a lifelong process, and educators must always be open to the experience of learning from their students. In the education field in general, keeping up with changes in regulation and technology is vital.”

Dr. Tinianow is a certified hypnotherapist who has lived all over the world, including Japan and China. He lives in Denver with his wife, who also teaches at Ashford University in the English program, two sons, and a dog. He was also once a contestant on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”


Dr. Tinianow is a past recipient of a Philo T. Farnsworth Award for best educational television program in a five-state region, as well as a past winner of the Stephen H. Coltrin Award for Excellence in Media Education, awarded competitively by the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS).

Dr. Tinianow has presented at such conferences as the International Communication Association (ICA), TechEd, Computer Use in Education (CUE) and Colorado Learning and Teaching Technology (COLTT).

Dr. TInianow’s publications include a chapter in Religion, Law and Freedom from Praeger Press and he is currently writing an introductory Communication textbook titled “Messages in Context.”