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Hampton University Professor Wayne Dawkins Named National Journalism History Teaching Excellence Winner
08/29/2016 - #15

HAMPTON, Virginia – Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications faculty member Wayne J. Dawkins was named National Award for Excellence in Teaching winner by the American Journalism Historians Association.

The award honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize. Dawkins is to accept the award Oct. 6 at the AJHA convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“For more than a decade, Professor Dawkins has made significant contributions to our school and Hampton University at large as a journalism historian and an academic prolific in research, scholarly articles and authorship,” said B. Da ‘Vida Plummer, dean, Scripps Howard School.  “We’re proud to have Professor Dawkins on our staff and look forward to his continued good works with Scripps Howard students, along with his other noted academic pursuits.”

Dawkins, who joined the Scripps Howard staff as an adjunct visiting professional in spring 2005, was hired the following fall as an Assistant Professor.  In May 2013, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Professional Practice, and again promoted last May to Professor of Professional Practice.

With a B.A. in Journalism from Long Island University and M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Dawkins is an accomplished journalist and editor, as well as an award-winning professor spanning more than 11 years of dedicated service at Hampton University.  He teaches a variety of Journalism courses and serves as an academic advisor and faculty advisor for student organizations, among other responsibilities. In addition, he is executive editor of JAC magazine, established by the Scripps Howard School in 2014.

Dawkins has garnered many awards and accolades throughout this career.  These include: the Dean’s Medal for Public Service at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (2015); the Hampton University Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence (2015); the Edward L. Hamm Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award (2011); the Columbia University Alumni Federation Award (2004); and Columbia University’s Distinguished Journalism Alumni Award (1990).

Dawkins is author of “City Son: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn,” published in 2012 by University Press of Mississippi. 

In March 2016, Dawkins was co-author of “The Black Ivy Influencer: How an ‘Outsider’ Black newsletter became an insider force at Columbia Journalism School,” with Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D., published by the Journal of Pan-African Studies [JPAS]. 

Dawkins has written book reviews for peer-reviewed publications American Journalism [American Journalism Historians Association, and Journalism Studies [Routledge]

He authored “Black Journalists: The NABJ Story,” published in 1997 by August Press, and the sequel, “Rugged Waters: Black Journalists Swim the Mainstream,” published in 2003. He edited the anthology “Black Voices in Commentary: The Trotter Group,” published in 2006 also by August Press.

Dawkins’ grant work at Hampton University includes serving as principal investigator (P.I.) and producer of “Voting Rights Northern Style,” in 2007, and he was co-P.I. of “Raising Our Voice, a History of Army Public Affairs,” in 2010-2011.

In 2015, he was co-P.I. of a Ministers Multimedia Health Projectthat was among the health disparity projects funded by the Hampton U. Minority Men’s Health Initiative.

Before joining academia, Dawkins, a New York City native, was a reporter, editorial writer, columnist, and editor at four daily newspapers in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia, and digitally for BlackAmericaWeb.com 

About the HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC):

Located on a 314-acre waterfront campus at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. Hampton University is a nearly 150-year-old historically black institution with approximately 5,000 students. About 400 are Journalism or Strategic Communications students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The School’s roots go back to 1967, when the Department of Mass Media Arts was first established. In 2002, thanks to a $10 million gift from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the former mass media arts department was expanded into a full journalism and communications school, which then moved into a new building with broadcast, production and technical facilities. Fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the Scripps Howard School teaches the core principles of journalism and communications, while producing ethical and competitive leaders who pursue innovation and excellence in their field.


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