McAllister honored with 2020 McKay Donkin Award

March 27, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Matthew McAllister, professor of media studies in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, is the winner of the 2020 McKay Donkin Award.

Matthew McAllister

Matthew McAllister

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Established in 1969 in honor of the late McKay Donkin, who served as vice president and treasurer of the University from 1957 to 1968, the award is presented to a full-time member of the faculty or staff or to a retiree who has contributed most to the “economic, physical, mental or social welfare of the faculty” of the University. The contribution should be for duties or services above and beyond the recipient’s regularly assigned duties.

Colleagues say McAllister goes above and beyond to improve their careers, elevate their spirits and show a mutual respect and appreciation for them. He’s known for following the careers of his colleagues closely — going as far as setting Google alerts and scouring news releases — to call attention to them on social media. This extends to faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni throughout the college where he routinely promotes their latest book chapters, journal articles and awards.

“Matthew strives every day to promote a culture where the work of all faculty is appreciated and celebrated,” a colleague said.

McAllister also commits his time by serving in many leadership roles including chairing the college’s graduate program. He’s an asset for committees, job searches, promotions and tenure and awards searches.

“To say that Dr. McAllister is a talented and giving colleague and mentor is an extraordinary understatement of his remarkable career,” a colleague said. “People across the board sing his praises, be they members of his department or college, his former students who have now begun their careers or his current students who benefit from his giving and careful mentorship. He exemplifies talent, passion and genuine care for others. It’s an extraordinary combination that has won him the hearts of his colleagues throughout his career.”

Last Updated March 27, 2020