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Dwight L. Teeter, Jr.

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School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Professor and Dean Emeritus

Dwight L. Teeter Jr. was a professor of journalism and electronic media. He joined the University of Tennessee faculty as Dean of the College of Communications in 1991, serving in that role until 2002. His teaching and research concentrates on mass communication law and history. He is the co-author (with Professor Bill Loving, East Carolina) of a book he co-founded in 1969 with his mentor, the late Professor Harold L. Nelson of the University of Wisconsin, Law of Mass Communications, 11th edition, (Foundation Press, 2004), and is at work on a 12th edition.

He was also co-author, with Professor Jean Folkerts, North Carolina, of Voices of a Nation: A History of Mass Media in the United States, 4th Ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2002). His Tennessee colleague, Professor C. Edward Caudill, has joined Folkerts and Teeter in working toward a 5th edition of that textbook. He is second author to Professor Lorman A. Ratner of the University of Illinois in Fanatics and Fire-Eaters: Newspapers and the Coming of the Civil War (University of Illinois Press, 2003, 2004). Professor Teeter previously taught at six other universities, including Iowa State, Wisconsin, Washington, Kentucky, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Texas, where he was the first holder of the William P. Hobby Centennial Professorship (1984-1987). While at Kentucky he was an adjunct professor of law in the mid-1970s, in addition to teaching journalism. He was president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in 1985-1986, was named the Society of Professional Journalists Distinguished Teacher in 1991, and was given a distinguished service award by AEJMC in 2001. In 2005 he was awarded the College of Communication and Information's Distinguished Research Award. He has published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Constitutional Commentary, Federal Communications Law Journal, Kentucky Law Journal, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Reviews in American History, Villanova Law Review, and Washington Law Review. He began his career as a reporter with the Waterloo Daily Courier (Iowa). While working on his doctoral degree at Wisconsin, he served as a public relations writer for the Wisconsin State Highway Commission and as a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison).


Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin

M.J. Journalism, University of California

B.A. Journalism, University of California

Research Interests: 
Mass communication law and history