Faculty member earns award for lifetime scholarship

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Dennis Davis, professor emeritus in the College of Communications at Penn State, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Lifetime Achievement in Scholarship.

Davis is currently serving as a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College (1967) and a doctorate from 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.

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 20 years.

The award will be presented to Davis at BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas during a ceremony and reception on Sunday, April 6. He will be giving a formal presentation, titled “From the Black Box to the World Wide Web: A Lifetime in Media Research,” to convention attendees on Monday, April 7.

Davis was editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media from 1994 to 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 in 1979-80.

His research and teaching interests include new media, political communication, international communication, media theory and research methods. Davis co-authored “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 annual convention is held in conjunction with National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas every spring. The convention attracts 1,200 educators and students with 200 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall, making BEA the largest conference partner of the NAB Show. BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide.

Last Updated March 27, 2014