Bruce Konkle receives educator of the year award
Journalism professor Bruce
Konkle was named educator of the year
by a national journalism organization this month for his decades
of leadership and research in scholastic journalism.
Konkle, associate professor in the visual communications sequence
in the J-school, received
the David Adams Journalism Educator of the Year Award.
Konkle’s research in scholastic journalism and his work as
director of the S.C. Scholastic Press Association were high on the
list of accolades in the letters of recommendation.
“It would be difficult to find someone with as many attributes
and accomplishments to her/his credit that Bruce has exhibited
throughout a long and distinguished career in secondary school and
collegiate journalism education,” said Jack Dvorak, professor
emeritus at Indiana University.
Dvorak said Konkle is likely the No. 1 authority in scholastic
journalism bibliographic research.
“His bibliographic collection and his analyses of various aspects
of it are a significant contribution to our field,” Dvorak
The Scholastic Division of the Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication presents the award annually to division members
for outstanding performance in the college/university classroom and
in scholastic journalism workshops and conferences.
Konkle kept exhaustive records of the S.C. Scholastic Press Association
during his 17 years as director and continues to keep them current.
Karen Flowers, the current SCSPA director, and her staff produced
a 76-page history for the 75th anniversary of SCSPA in October 2011
because of Konkle’s fastidious record keeping.
“We had lists upon lists of the who’s and what’s
of SCSPA since its beginning,” Flowers said. “We had
the 50th anniversary history Bruce had compiled, and we had newspaper
clippings and photos he had collected, but best of all, we had Bruce,
himself, to talk to.”
Konkle passed his passion for history and his love of SCSPA on
to the intern who worked on the history.
“Dr. Konkle is a wonderful teacher,” said Jenna Eckel. “Working with him exposed me to expertise
and facts pertaining to scholastic journalism, not just in the state
of South Carolina but across the country. No matter how busy
he was, Dr. Konkle always took the time to work with me on the history
of the association, ideas for the event and anything related to InDesign
Konkle distinguished himself early in his career as an innovative
classroom teacher and publications adviser.
“I first met Bruce at a summer journalism workshop and was
impressed at how well he related to his students and how engaged
students were in his classes,” said Dennis Cripe, Pulliam School
of Journalism professor emeritus at Franklin College in Indiana. “As
a young adviser, I sat in on his classes as often as I could and
I began using Bruce’s yearbooks as ‘models’ for
my own students to emulate. Clearly, this young teacher had a special
gift for teaching and a love and respect for high school journalism
students that would last a lifetime.”
He joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty
in 1985, primarily teaching public relations courses and directing
SCSPA and the Carolina Journalism Institute. In 2002, he stepped
down as director of SCSPA to concentrate on scholastic journalism
history research. He continues his work on behalf of high school