First Journalism Chair
The journalism department, which became independent last year, now has its first chair. Christopher Campbell, a journalist, teacher, administrator, and author, came to Ithaca from Hampton University, where he had been director of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications for a year. Before that he had taught in and directed the communications programs at the University of Idaho and Xavier University.
"Chris Campbell has the perfect attributes for chairing the journalism department," says new Park School dean Dianne Lynch. "He has outstanding leadership experience, a scholarly reputation, and a track record in programmatic innovation. His extensive work in two of the most critical areas in contemporary media culture -- media diversity and First Amendment issues -- has prepared him well to lead the department to new levels of excellence and national visibility."
Campbell is pleased to be at Ithaca. "I like the idea of being part of a building process," he says. "Because the department is so new, the opportunity to see it grow and reach its potential is very appealing. The program appears to have very solid support from the administration, and I know just how important that is. I hope that we can attract some very, very strong faculty members who will be able to come in and make important contributions. We clearly have very strong students in the department."
Campbell's book Race, Myth, and the News was named the 1996 outstanding book on the subject of racial intolerance by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Campbell also contributed chapters to the books Media Representations of September 11 and Cultural Diversity and the U.S. Media and has written articles on media and culture for Television Quarterly magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.S. in mass communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a B.A. in English from Webster University.
A member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Popular Culture Association, Campbell has served on the board of directors of the Black College Communications Association, as founder/associate director of the Xavier University Journalism Workshop for Minority High School Students, and as founder/associate director of the Scripps Howard Multicultural Journalism Workshop at the University of Idaho.
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