John Popelar



Email: John Popelar
Phone: 937-229-2380


John Popelar has worked as an independent contractor in the areas of media writing, media consulting & external communication management, and support & statistical analysis for organizations including ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox & Fox Sports, the Kentucky Speedway, and Basketball Travelers International. Currently, he evaluates candidates' resumes and actively partakes in the interview process for the Greater Dayton Construction Group, where he is the special programs coordinator.

John is an alumnus of the department. While a graduate student at UD, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. In his is undergraduate years, he was a University Scholar and recipient of the Presidential and Father Chaminade Scholarships, the Dr. Florence I. Wolff Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions in Academic, Extracurricular and Community Service Activities, and was a finalist for the Brother Vincent Wottle Award for outstanding contribution to Campus Ministry. He was co-founder and Vice President of Community Service for Dayton's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. John is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.

John is the 2014 Recipient of the Don B. Morlan Award, given to an outstanding adjunct faculty member for excellence in teaching.

Faculty Perspective

UD is a dynamic learning community. It has been my experience that students (and faculty) really take advantage of the academic opportunities they are afforded, which creates an environment that is constantly growing and evolving. This change really seems to motivate the community, which in turn inspires more growth. It is a very cool cycle to be a part of.


  • MA, Communication, University of Dayton, 2007
  • BA, Communication, University of Dayton, 2004