Dr. Metts holds a B.A. (with honors) and an M.A. in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Communication with specializations in Cultural Studies and Rhetoric.
Research and Teaching Interests
His areas of interest include, contemporary critical theory, visual culture, media criticism and aesthetics. His papers have been published in Visual Anthropology, FEEDBACK, and the Journal of Media Education. He was a participant in the Fifteenth Annual Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar. He has served as a reviewer for Oxford University Press, Allyn and Bacon, Modern Language Studies, the Susquehanna University Press, and a number of video production textbooks. He teaches courses in video production, visual communication, and media and culture. He is a member of the National Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association, the Union for Democratic Communications, and the International Association for Media and Communication Research. In 2015 he presented his paper--"Liminal, and Other (Mediated) Spaces in Everyday Life" at IAMCR's Conference in Montreal, and in May 2018 presented, “Reclaiming the Typographic Mind in an Age of Authoritarian Aesthetics and Bliss,” at the UDC’s annual meeting in Chicago (Loyola University). His essay, Producing Media Products in Non-Production Classrooms was published in the Journal of Media Education (1 Jan 21), and his Squid Game's Spatial Dialectics, Its Withering Mass Ornaments, and Other Large Objects in the Frame was a Top Paper Award Winner in the Production Aesthetics and Criticism Division of the Broadcast Education Association. Spring 2022. On 14 April 2023, he presented his paper Caligari's Fair is Squid Game's Island: Emotional Ornaments, Material Objects, and Authoritarian Spells at--Squid Game and Beyond: "Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary Asian Popular Culture." International Hybrid Conference--Central Connecticut State University 13-15 April 2023. He also served as Moderator for the Video Games panel.