Alan Stavitsky began as dean of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism April 1, 2012, having previously served as senior associate dean, professor and founding director of the George S. Turnbull Portland Center, the downtown Portland base of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.
Stavitsky worked in television and radio as a news director, news anchor, investigative reporter, talk-show host and producer. He joined the Oregon School of Journalism and Communication as assistant professor in 1990. He was named professor in 2004 and, two years later, was appointed senior associate dean and founding director of the Turnbull Center.
“Al brings a strong mix of both industry and academic experience,” said Heather Hardy, University of Nevada, Reno provost. “His success in developing the Turnbull Center is particularly impressive, and demonstrates vision, creativity and entrepreneurialism—all qualities that will serve the Reynolds School and the university well.”
Stavitsky’s scholarship on media policy and the digital transition in journalism has been published in numerous academic journals, and Stavitsky is the author of Independence and Integrity: A Guidebook for Public Radio Journalism and co-author of A History of Public Broadcasting. Stavitsky has served as a consultant to local, national and international public broadcasting organizations on issues of media ethics and programming, and has advised the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on policies to preserve editorial independence in public media.
Stavitsky earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a master’s in journalism and a doctorate in communication from The Ohio State University.