Alan G. Stavitsky became dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno on April 1, 2012. A tenured full professor, he holds the Fred W. Smith Chair in Journalism at the Reynolds School and serves on the University’s Academic Leadership Council.
Stavitsky came to Nevada from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where he served for 21 years as a faculty member and administrator, most recently as founding director of the George S. Turnbull Center, the j-school’s satellite center in Portland. Stavitsky earned Oregon’s highest teaching honor, the Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching, and received the Taft Outstanding Advisor Award from Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism and mass communication honor society.
Stavitsky’s scholarship on media policy and the digital transition in journalism has been published in leading academic journals, and he is author and co-author of books on public broadcasting ethics and history. He has served as a consultant to local, national and international public media organizations; advised the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on policies to ensure editorial independence; and testified before the Federal Communications Commission on issues of localism in broadcasting.
Stavitsky earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master’s degree in journalism and a doctorate in communication from The Ohio State University. A native of New Jersey, he worked in broadcast journalism in Wisconsin and Ohio before beginning his career in the academy, and remains active in broadcasting through his weekly “Reynolds School Media Watch” segment on KUNR/Reno Public Radio.