Award-winning journalism educator Dr. Peter Bobkowski is Kent State University’s Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, dedicated to leading efforts to revitalize journalism in the nation’s high schools.
Bobkowski received his doctorate in mass communication from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For the last 12 years, he served as professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas.
In addition to his work in higher education, Bobkowski spent seven years teaching and advising high school student publications. His service to scholastic journalism was recognized with the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association, the Gold Key from Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year award from the Scholastic Journalism Division of AEJMC.
Among other things, the Knight Chair presents the case for scholastic journalism’s future as a cornerstone to build civic involvement in a younger generation. He will collaborate on programs and research; develop courses and workshops, and work nationally with high school advisers.
The Knight Chair’s work is amplified by the affiliated Center of Scholastic Journalism, which offers a master’s degree with a focus on scholastic journalism and provides the most comprehensive census of high school journalism programs in the country.