Boston University College of Communication Faculty Honored with Teaching Awards

in College of Communication, News Releases, University Affairs
June 9th, 2004

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 |

(Boston) — The Boston University College of Communication has awarded its first annual “Professor of the Year” honors to faculty members in each of its three departments: Peter Southwick in Journalism; Dorothy “Dottie” Clark in Mass Communication, Advertising, and Public Relations; and Roy Grundmann in Film and Television.

BU alumni James and Judy Weil established the Excellence in Teaching Awards to honor gifted teachers making a difference in the College, with $2,500 awards given to each professor. The Weils pledged to cover first five years of the awards.

“Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Judy Weil, we are now able to properly reward our COM faculty, who know that teaching excellence is uniquely paramount here, despite the value we also place on research and publication,” said Dean John J. Schulz.

Southwick, a visiting associate professor of photojournalism, has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. An award-winning photographer who was also twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Southwick joined the BU faculty in 2002 from the Boston Globe, where he was director of photography, after a decade with the Associated Press and earlier the Boston Herald-American.

Clark, an assistant professor of communication, has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University. A published short-story author who oversees all writing courses in her department, Clark started teaching at BU a decade ago after a career in advertising and public relations that included more than 10 years as owner of Media Wise, a promotional writing service.

Roy Grundmann, an assistant professor of film, has both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from New York University. Before coming to the United States, he studied English and American literature and film at the University of Muenster, Germany; Exeter University, England; and the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He came to BU in 1998 after teaching film at New York University and at The College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

Also honored at the College of Communication’s 2004 convocation was Stephen Quigley, an associate professor of public relations, who was given the Lyndon B. Johnson Faculty Advising Award, and Micha Sabovik, the college’s director of student services, who received the Dean’s Award for Staff Advising.

Boston University, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 in its 17 schools and colleges, is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. The College of Communications has more than 2,500 students enrolled in its Departments of Journalism, Film and Television, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations.

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