Dr. George L. Daniels, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media, was recently named the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) inaugural Faculty Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion.
Daniels is a former assistant dean for administration and chief diversity officer for The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS). Under his leadership, the College received the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Equity and Diversity Award. Upon receiving this award, Daniels published an article in BEA’s Journal of Media Education where he discussed the initiatives and strategies C&IS employed to improve diversity and inclusion within the College.
As an alum of Howard University, a historically Black university, Daniels has a personal connection to BEA’s commitment to racial justice, diversity, and inclusivity. BEA provides free institutional memberships to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) and aims to build relationships with HBCUs and Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI). As the Faculty Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion, Daniels plans to organize campus visits to non-participating HBCUs and HSIs to help faculty and students learn about the advantages of their free institutional membership.
“I want to take an active role in making sure others from historically under-represented racial groups can experience these same benefits of being a part of the Broadcast Education Association,” Daniels said. “I look forward to working with the BEA Board of Directors and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as we get started on this effort.”
Daniels’ two-year term as the BEA Faculty Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion begins immediately.
BEA was established in 1955 and is the premier international academic media organization. BEA drives insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students and professionals.
The College of Communication and Information Sciences is committed to promoting an environment that fosters diversity and inclusion and is proud of the efforts of our faculty, staff and students. To learn more about C&IS, visit cis.ua.edu.