B.A. - Kent State University (1972)
M.A. - Kent State University (1976)
Dennis worked for more than 15 years for WAKR-TV in Akron, Ohio where he produced, directed, and served as operations manager. He entered teaching at Marshall University in 1992, where he spent seven years. He also taught at Marietta College for five years before joining the Mercyhurst communication department in the fall of 2004.