Curtis to Lead Mass Communications Department
Anthony Curtis' career was born on the day the Soviet communications
satellite Sputnik reinvented the world.
His interest in
communications began with a Ham radio and has stretched into the Internet
era. Dr. Curtis has worked and taught in virtually every communication
medium. As chair of the Department of Mass Communications
at UNC Pembroke, his experience will come in handy.
"I do have
a lot of academic and media experience," Dr. Curtis said. "The
advantage to our department is that I have worked and taught in all
of these fields."
Dr. Curtis said
his job is to take UNCP's Mass Communications programs in broadcasting,
journalism and public relations to a new level.
"We can be
a magnet in the state and the entire Southeast for students who want
to come to top notch programs in journalism, broadcasting or public
relations," Dr. Curtis said. "Our goals are to increase interest
and enrollment in our programs and to increase course offerings."
Dr. Curtis has written
72 books on communications, computers and outer space. He was an editor
of Popular Mechanics magazine before launching two of his own publishing
Dr. Curtis taught
journalism at Penn State's prestigious College of Communications and
practiced public relations at the university. He founded and continues
to edit the newsletter Space Today Online at www.spacetoday.org.
UNCP has excellent
broadcast facilities and an energetic student newspaper, Dr. Curtis
said. These programs offer hands-on experiences for students interested
in careers in the media.
in media is all about experiential learning," he said. "We
want our students to have the best experiences available and to produce
the best products possible."
Dr. Curtis would
like to see more broadcast field production with emphasis on documentary
work, remote newscasts and special event production. He will also expand
into radio broadcasting.
is a good thing, he said, and "students have to be at the center
of everything we do. For students majoring in Mass Communications, I
believe that advising is just as important as teaching in the classroom."
He recently won
Salisbury State University's Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
of Mass Communications has approximately 100 majors with five professors.
Dr. Curtis is teaching public relations, and his wife, Dr. Judy Curtis,
is teaching journalism and advises the school newspaper.
Dr. Curtis said
he is inspired by his first weeks at the university.
"There is a
high demand for classes in Mass Communications among all students,"
he said. "We are already at the point where we need additional
instructors. It's a good sign."
Dr. Curtis received
a Ph.D. in mass communications from Union Institute and University,
a Master of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism
from Pennsylvania State University.
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