Dr. David Copeland, the A.J. Fletcher professor of communications, received the university’s Distinguished Scholar Award at the annual Faculty/Staff Awards Day in May 2006.
Copeland earned the university designation for the quality of his scholarship and his proficiency as a teacher.
Since coming to Elon in 2001, Copeland has published six books, with two more in press. He has written numerous book chapters and served as editor for several highly acclaimed publications. Copeland was series editor for the eight-volume “Greenwood Library of American War Reporting” in 2005 and “Debating Historical Issues in Newspapers of the Time” in 2003.
Currently, Copeland is serving as editor of a series of media history books by Peter Lang Publishers and as chief editor of the Thomson Gale 19th-Century Newspaper Digitization Project. Copeland has also written numerous book chapters and research papers and he is a frequent panelist and lecturer at professional meetings and symposia.
“I believe Professor Copeland’s scholarship deserves a place on a very small bookshelf containing the work of researchers who have helped us understand, indeed defined, important historical aspects of America’s intellectual development,” says a colleague. “His efforts have clearly made an enduring contribution to the larger corpus of historical and journalistic scholarship.”
Copeland is active in his profession, serving on the editorial board of Journalism History. He has also served on the board of the American Journalism Historians Association and served as the organization’s president in 2000-01. At Elon, he has chaired the Evaluation of Teaching subcommittee and the Teacher-Scholar committee and served as a member of the Academic Council and the Curriculum Revision committee in the School of Communications.
Colleagues say Copeland is a thoughtful colleague who passes on his love of scholarship and research to his students. “David offers a nurturing atmosphere for junior colleagues and students,” writes a peer. “He works tirelessly with students on their own research projects. This fall, his senior seminar students learned a love for research and scholarship, and some of them produced graduate level work.”
Copeland is the seventh recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, established in 2000 to recognize a faculty member whose research has earned peer commendation and respect and who has made a significant contribution to his or her field of study.
Other recipients of university awards in May 2006 were Jean Schwind, associate professor of English, who received the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching, and university Chaplain Richard McBride, who received the Periclean Award for Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility.
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