Dorothy M. Bland, Ph.D., is a journalism professor for the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism (MSOJ) and a former dean. Prior to joining UNT, she was a professor and journalism director at Florida A&M University. She has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and has earned a variety of industry awards. For example, she has earned three Gannett President's Rings for Excellence as a publisher and numerous reporting/writing awards. She has traveled to more than 20 countries and produced news content on six continents. Bland has served on more than a dozen Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications site teams ranging from New York University to American University in Dubai. In 2019, she was honored as one of the top 35 women in higher education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of her teaching, research and service interests. Much of her work is qualitative and builds on her 25 years in the news media industry as a reporter, editor and former publisher well as her 15 years in the academy as a professor and former dean. She often interrogate issues at the intersection of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.
Under her leadership, the MSOJ launched the 100% online master's degree in digital communication analytics, grew enrollment, faculty, staff, and revenues. Her long-term commitment to diversity is evident in her teaching, research, and service. In 2016, the MSOJ earned the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Equity and Diversity Award. Her research interests include diversity in media, digital/social media, and management/leadership.
Research interests: Diversity in media management, leadership, entrepreneurship and digital/social media issues.