An experienced administrator and teacher whose research has focused on the way that the media in the United States cover the issue of race has been named the first chair of the Department of Journalism in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Christopher Campbell, the author of the award-winning book Race, Myth, and the News, will join the journalism department on August 16. The school has offered a B.A. degree in journalism as part of the Department of Television-Radio since 1991; it became an independent program last year.
Campbell served for the past year as director of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Virginia. There he developed partnerships with a number of media organizations and foundations, while working with the faculty to complete a revision of the undergraduate curriculum and to design a master's degree program in media management. He had previously taught in and directed the communications programs at the University of Idaho and Xavier University in New Orleans.
"We are delighted to welcome Christopher Campbell to the Roy H. Park School of Communications," says Dianne Lynch, dean of the Park School. "He brings a unique combination of outstanding leadership, scholarly reputation, and a track record in programmatic innovation to his new role as chair of the Department of Journalism. 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."
Race, Myth, and the News was named the Outstanding Book on the Subject of Racial Intolerance in 1996 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. One of the book's chapters is being reprinted in the upcoming Oxford University Press anthology Channeling Blackness: Popular Television and the American Racial Order. Campbell has 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.
Campbell holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, M.S. in mass communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and 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.
Contributed by Melissa Gattine