The School of Journalism and Mass Communication maintains affiliate relationships with a number of faculty members in other departments. These individuals bring expertise in a range of related disciplines and strengthen and broaden our School’s offerings. Each has been nominated by a faculty member, and each has agreed to serve in a three-year renewable “zero percent” affiliate appointment with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dominique Brossard, Associate Professor, Life Sciences Communication (2009-2012)
Professor Brossard’s research program focuses on the intersection between science, media and policy. She studies the public opinion dynamics in the context of controversial scientific innovations, such as biotechnology, stem cell research and nanotechnology. Brossard is particularly interested in understanding the role of values in shaping public attitudes, and in cross-cultural analysis of these processes.
Donald Downs, Professor, Political Science (2010-2013)
Professor Downs is the Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at UW-Madison, and the Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins Professor of Political Science at the University. His scholarship has dealt with a wide range of issues dealing with such issues as freedom of speech; academic freedom; American politics; political thought; political and legal movements; and citizenship.
Kristin R. Eschenfelder, Associate Professor, Library and Information Systems (2010-2013)
Professor Eschenfelder (PhD Syracuse 2000) is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies. Her research focuses on access and use regimes – the complex, multi-level networks of laws, customs, technologies and expectations that shape what information we can access in our daily lives She teaches courses in research methods, social informatics theories, electronic resource management, database design and organizing digital resources.
Robert Glenn Howard, Professor, Communication Arts (2010-2013)
Professor Howard is Director of Digital Studies and Professor in the Department of Communication Arts. He is also editor of the journal Western Folklore. His research seeks to uncover the possibilities and limits of empowerment through everyday expression on the Internet by focusing on the intersection of individual human agency and participatory performance.
Louise Mares, Associate Professor, Communication Arts (2010-2013)
Professor Mares research focuses on children, particularly the possibility that television and other media can be used for positive social change, including reducing prejudice. In her research on adults, she has examined what it is about aging that might cause changes in media use and effects, such as how the emotional experiences we seek out via media use vary across the life span.
Zhongdang Pan, Professor, Communication Arts (2010-2013)
Professor Pan has conducted research on media and social changes in the People’s Republic of China and is currently analyzing data from two projects–one a comparative study of journalists in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and the other is a study of leisure participation and civic activities and values among the residents in three major Chinese cities.
Katherine Cramer Walsh, Associate Professor, Political Science (2009-2012)
Professor Walsh (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and is the Morgridge Center for Public Service Faculty Research Scholar. Her work focuses on deliberative democracy, public opinion, political communication, and civic engagement.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication maintains strong connections with many of its retired faculty members. Most of these individuals spent most of their academic careers at the UW-Madison.
Professor Ray Anderson
Professor Ray Anderson was with the J-School from 1981-1996. He taught graduate seminars in specialized reporting as well as courses in feature writing, public affairs reporting, foreign reporting and editorial and column writing. A long-time reporter for The New York Times, Ray spent many years in Eastern Europe as a correspondent before leaving the newspaper to join the School as a professional in residence. He often returned to the Times over summer breaks to work the copy desk, and in his later years with the School he signed on during the summers with The International Herald Tribune.
Professor William B. Blankenburg
Professor William Blankenburg joined the J-School in 1968. In the 29 years that followed, he taught courses in news writing, reporting, journalism ethics, and the economics of newspapers, as well as the connections between media and society. He was a long-time head of the news-editorial sequence in the undergraduate program and has been a frequent public commentator on the economics of and ethics in the press. He retired from the UW in 1997.
Professor James A. Fosdick
Professor James Fosdick came to UW-Madison in 1958 from Kent State University where he had attained the rank of professor after teaching journalism for 12 years. He earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from Wisconsin in 1963 while working as a lecturer in the School of Journalism. In 1964 he was promoted to the rank of professor. Fosdick also served as chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication for UW Extension and the UW Center System. He retired in 1984. Fosdick’s specialty was photojournalism, which was the focus of his teaching and research. He organized and became the first head of the photojournalism division of the Association for Education in Journalism.
Professor William Hachten
Professor William A. Hachten concluded a 30-year career in the J-School, which included a stint as director from 1975-1980, when he retired in June 1989. He taught a variety of news-editorial courses as well as courses that dealt with international communication and mass communication law. His overseas travels have been extensive, including many research trips to Africa and other countries. He was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1972-73 and conducted workshops and seminars in Africa, Europe and Asia on many occasions.
Professor Robert Hawkins
Professor Robert Hawkins joined the School in 1973, and over his 30+ years of service, taught a range of courses, including effects of mass communication, mass media and youth, health communication, mass communication and the individual, communication research design, and cognitive theory of communication. Hawkins’s research addressed use, attention to, and comprehension of mass communication, cognitive processes in mass media use and effects, perceptions of social reality, and styles of media use. At the time of his retirement in 2005, he was the School’s most often-cited scholar. Professor Hawkins continues to participate in research projects at UW-Madison, especially as part of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS).
Professor James Hoyt
Professor James Hoyt joined the J-School faculty in 1973 and spent the next 29 years teaching courses in broadcast and electronic journalism and journalism ethics, along with the School’s introductory course to mass communication. He served as Director of the School of Journalism from 1981 to 1991, and Chairman of the UW Athletic Board and as Wisconsin’s Faculty Representative to the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference from 1991 to 2000. He received his Bachelor’s (1965), Master’s (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees from UW-Madison. In 2002 the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication named him their Outstanding Broadcast Educator and in 2001 the International Radio-Television Society honored him as its Frank Stanton Fellow.
Professor Jack McLeod
Professor Jack McLeod made his mark on the J-School with an impressive 38-year span of education, advising and research. He focused on political communication, mass media effects, public opinion, and the role of media in broadening democratic participation. An internationally esteemed scholar, he joined the UW faculty in 1962, shaping the School of Journalism & Mass Communication into a research and doctoral training powerhouse. He served as director of the Mass Communications Research Center (MCRC) at University of Wisconsin-Madison for 34 years and advised more than 70 Ph.D. students.
He received, among many honors, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Deutschmann Award for a distinguished research career. He retired from the J-School in 2001.
Senior Lecturer Roger Rathke
Roger Rathke spent 11 years with the J-School as a lecturer in advertising, retiring in 1998. Rathke brought a strong agency background to his classes, which primarily focused on professional skills. His special topics courses tackled such projects as developing a campaign for the UW to attract more students with high academic ability to working with Student Health Services to better inform students about sexually transmitted diseases. Rathke also was involved in multiple student groups, including the UW’s National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team, the Badger Herald, the Badger Yearbook, and several Wisconsin Alumni Association initiatives.
Adjunct Associate Professor Don Stoffels
Donald Stoffels joined the instructional staff of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as a full-time Adjunct Associate Professor in 1978 after 10 years of part-time lecturing. He retired in May 1994, but then accepted a post-retirement agreement that kept him in the classroom half-time through May 1997. For the better part of two decades, Don was the mainstay of our professional practice courses in advertising, teaching copy and layout, promotional campaigns and media planning. But he did far more. He advised the student Advertising Club, energizing it and making it into consistently the most active of our student organizations. In 1991, his student advertising team won first place in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.