Dennis Davis, Ph.D., the Pennsylvania State University, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship (LAS).
Dennis Davis is Professor Emeritus of Communications in the College of Communications at the Pennsylvania State University. He is currently serving as a Visiting Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College (1967) and a Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota (1973). He has held administrative positions and served on the faculty at Cleveland State University, Southern Illinois University, the University of North Dakota and the University of Otago in New Zealand. He was editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media from 1994-1997. He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Communication, a Review and Criticism Editor for Critical Studies in Mass Communication and has served on Editorial Boards for Journal of Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Political Communication, and Communication Quarterly. He was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the Netherlands and Belgium 1979-1980.
His research and teaching interests include new media, political communication, international communication, media theory and research methods. He coauthored Mass Communication Theory: Foundations, Ferment, and Future with Stanley Baran. His research has won the Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research from Fordham University and the Broadcasting Preceptor Award from San Francisco State University. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Mass Communication and Society Division of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
BEA's Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship (formerly called the Distinguished Scholar Award) recognizes significant contributions to research and scholarship involving broadcast and electronic media. Recipients are evidenced by related extensive publication in books and leading journals, for at least twenty years. The LAS will be awarded to Professor Dennis Davis at BEA's annual convention in Las Vegas during a ceremony and reception on the evening of Sunday, April 6th at the Las Vegas Hotel. He will be giving a formal presentation, From the Black Box to the World Wide Web: A Lifetime in Media Research, to convention attendees the morning of Monday, April 7th.