Department Chair of Communication and Media Studies, Professor of Communication and Media Studies
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- Gaumer Center 113
- B.A., Iowa State University, 1981.
M.S., Iowa State University, 1987.
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1995.
I’m the chair of Communication & Media Studies at Simpson College, and I’ve been a member of the faculty since 1989. I’m a teacher first and foremost and have won several campus, regional and national teaching awards. Before coming to Simpson, I was a government and politics reporter with the Ames Daily Tribune and the Associated Press. I’m a passionate believer in the values of the First Amendment and the potential for journalism to nourish a democratic culture. When I’m not working with students at Simpson, you’ll usually find me on my bicycle, on the golf course or traveling around the world. During Fall 2013, I led Simpson’s Semester in London program at Roehampton University. Starting in January 2014, I’ll serve as editor of the national research journal Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication.