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Dorothy Bowles

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Professor Emeritus

DOROTHY A. BOWLES has worked as a general assignment reporter, sports editor, copy editor, and news editor at daily newspapers in Louisiana, Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kansas. She has done public relations work for Quaker Oats and two large school districts. Before joining the UT faculty in 1987, she taught nine years at the University of Kansas and nine years in the University of Wisconsin system.

Honors she has received include a Distinguished Service Award from the Student Press Law Center, the Freedom Award from the Kansas Press Association, the University of Kansas Outstanding Woman Teacher, and Outstanding Alumni in Mass Communications Award from Texas Tech University. College of Communication and Information honors include the Faculty Research Award, the Public Service Award, and the first Innovative Technology Teaching Award in 1998-99 and again for 2003-2004. She has received fellowships and grants from the American Press Institute, Knight Foundation, Gannett Foundation, The Johnson Foundation, Stauffer Communications, and the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Dr. Bowles won the Warren C. Price Award for research in journalism history, and her research has been published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Communications and the Law, Journalism History, Media Law Notes, Scholastic Editor, Grassroots Editor, The Encyclopedia of the World Press, the Dictionary of Literary Biography, and the Encyclopedia of Civil Rights and Liberties.

Dr. Bowles has authored or co-authored five books, including Media Law in Tennessee, now in its 3rd edition, the Kansas Media Law Guide, an editing textbook, now in its 4th edition, and two reporting workbooks. She also co-authored an early instructional booklet on the Internet before the World Wide Web was developed. She has made presentations on new media at national conventions of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Newspaper Association, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

She currently serves on the editorial boards of three academic journals and regularly reviews manuscripts for several other academic publications. She has worked on a number of AEJMC committees, held divisional offices, and been elected to the Executive Committee and to three terms (nine years) on the standing committee on Professional Freedom and Responsibility. She served on the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center for 18 years and is now an emeritus board member. She continues to serve on various Tennessee Press Association committees. She has been on the executive board of the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for several years and is currently president of the chapter.

Her research interests are in communications law, political communications, and history. Dr. Bowles has taught a wide range of courses in the college and currently teaches communications law, editing, and political communication.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 

M.S., University of Kansas 

B.A., Texas Tech University

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