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Roy Alden Atwood (born 1952) is president and senior fellow of humanities at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho.



Roy Atwood was born in Glendale, California, in 1952. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, in 1975, a master of arts in religion from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, in 1977, and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1984. His teaching and research have concentrated on communication history, media law, and international communication policy.[1]

Atwood's experience includes teaching journalism and media studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, from 1981 to 1984, followed by 17-years on the faculty of the University of Idaho’s School of Communication, serving as director of the school from 1995 to 2000.[2] He also served as a member (1989 to 1991) and vice chair (1990 to 1991) of the faculty council. In 2004 Atwood became the first president of New Saint Andrews College[3], Moscow, Idaho, which the Intercollegiate Studies Institute [4] recognized as one of the "top 50" "All-American Colleges for Conservatives, Old-Fashioned Liberals, and People of Faith." He had previously served as a founding member of the college's board of trustees (1993-2000) and as its academic dean (2000-2004).[5]

Atwood's research on the history of communication has been cited in numerous academic [6] and public venues[7], including Iowa Public Television. He has appeared on Idaho Public Television and has been a regular expert source on Idaho media law issues since publication of his 1992 book Mass Communication Law in Idaho, endorsed by the Idaho Press Club.

Scholarships and awards

In 1991 Atwood received a Senior Fulbright Scholarship to the Institute of Journalism, Warsaw University, Poland. In 1998 he received a second Fulbright to the Institute for Communication Research, Potchefstroom University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, which is now part of North-West University.[8] He was also a visiting International Development and Training (IDAT) Professor at Egerton University, Kenya, in 1992, and he conducted funded media policy research in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary in 1995.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's AEJMC's History Division has honored Atwood on three occasions, awarding him a Warren C. Price Student Research Award in 1980, a Distinguished Service Award in 1992, and a 1993 Faculty Research Award. He served, in turn, as secretary, research chair, and head of the division between 1988 and 1991.

From 1987 to 1991 Atwood served as a board member of the American Journalism Historians Association, and was the founding book review editor of the association’s journal, American Journalism. During his University of Idaho tenure, he received the alumni association's Award for Faculty Excellence in 1986 and again in 1989 and was on the International Programs Office's International Honor Roll in 1988 and 1989. In 1980 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to participate in the Newberry Library Summer Institute for Quantitative History in Chicago.


Atwood's scholarly research articles and reviews have appeared in Acta Academica (South Africa), American Journalism, The Annals of Iowa, Canadian Journal of Communication, Christian Scholars Review, Communicare (South Africa), Ecquid Novi (South Africa), Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journalism Educator, Journalism History, Journalism Quarterly, Journalism Studies (England), Journal of Communication, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Media, Culture & Society (England), and Public Relations Review. History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia (ed., Margaret Blanchard, 1998) and Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism (ed., Joseph McKerns, 1989) include articles by Atwood. He is a former editor of The Journal of Communication Inquiry, and was guest editor of Ecquid Novi in 1998.




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