Stavitsky, Alan

Al Stavitsky

Stavitsky, Alan

Dean and Professor, Fred W. Smith Chair

Office Location: RSJ 301D

Office Phone Number: (775) 784-6531

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.

The Reynolds School faculty and staff have more than doubled during his time as dean, and he has launched new academic programs in bilingual media, science communication, and media entrepreneurship, as well as creating the Reynolds Media Lab production center. Under Stavitsky’s leadership, the Reynolds School established the first journalism school partnership with NPR to train students for careers in public media, and was awarded the Online News Association’s Grand Prize for Innovation in Journalism Education.

His 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. The Library of Congress named Dean Stavitsky to the position of Distinguished Scholar to its Radio Preservation Task Force.

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 is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, serves on the Hearst Journalism Awards Steering Committee, and is a board member of the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation.

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.

Stavitsky came to Nevada from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where he served as a faculty member and administrator. 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.