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Biography

Bernhard Debatin teaches courses in media ethics, theoretical/conceptual topics, environmental/science journalism, and online journalism. Since Summer 2005, he has been serving as the Director of Studies in the Journalism HTC program.

His research areas include new media and online journalism, media ethics, international media, mass media theory, theory of the public sphere, communication theory, and metaphor theory.

EDUCATION:

Dr. phil., Philosophy, Technical University Berlin (Germany) 1994;

M.A., Mass Communication, Free University Berlin (Germany) 1988.

CAREER HISTORY:

- Professor for Multimedia Policy at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (since Fall 2010)

- Director of Studies in the Journalism Honors Tutorial Program (since 2005)

- Associate Professor for Multimedia Policy at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (Fall 2001-Summer 2010)

- IAPE Visiting Professor of Ethics and Communication at the College of Communication and the Institute of Applied and Professional Ethics (IAPE), Ohio University (Fall/Winter 2000-01);

- Associate Professor (Hochschuldozent) at the Leipzig University, Germany, 1996-2001;

- Communications Consultant at DaimlerBenz AG in Berlin, Germany, and Palo Alto, CA, 1995-98;

- Visiting Professor (replacement position for full professor) at the College of Fine Arts Berlin, Germany 1994-96;

- Full-time Assistant Researcher at the Technical University Berlin, 1989-1993 (DFG-Grant);

- Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts Berlin, Technical University Berlin, and Free University Berlin from 1988-96.

PUBLICATIONS:

- Author of Die Rationalitaet der Metapher (1995) and of several extended research reports.

- Editor of The Cartoon Debate and the Freedom of the Press: Conflicting Norms and Values in the Global Media Culture. Berlin: LIT Verlag 2007.

- Co-editor of Metaphor and Rational Discourse (1997) and of four scholarly books in German (one on foundations of media ethics, 2003; one on online communication, 2001; one on telephone in movies, 1991; one on theory of the public sphere, 1989).

- He has written over 70 scholarly articles for scholarly books and journals, and presented over 60 conference papers.

GRANTS AND HONORS:

- Honors Tutorial College Research Apprenticeship Grant for Summer/Fall 2011, consisting of $3000 for an undergraduate research apprentice to help with research project on "The Ground Zero Mosque Debate."

- Voinovich School Undergraduate Research Scholar Award for 2010/11:, consisting of $3,300 for a research assistant to help with research projects “Little Cities of Black Diamond” and “Coal Mining in Athens County.”

- Co-principal investigator in a $40,000 NEH planning grant for a multimedia project on the regional coal mining history titled "Interpreting Ohio’s Little Cities of Black Diamonds Microregion: The Untold Story of the Hocking Valley Coal Era"

- Honors Tutorial College Research Apprenticeship Grant for Winter 2010, consisting of $3000 for an undergraduate research apprentice to help with research project on "Coal Mining in Athens County."

- Voinovich School Undergraduate Research Scholar Award for 2009/10, consisting of $3,300 for a research assistant to help with research project on “Coal Mining in Athens County.”

- Ohio University 1804 Fund Award (Aug. 2008) consisting of $9,500 for the teaching project "Localizing Environmental and Science Journalism," a learning-community-based course with field trips and workshops with a focus on regional issues, particularly the coal mining industry

- Ohio University 1804 Fund Award (Aug. 2006), consisting of $5,440 for the teaching project "Strengthening Journalism Education: Investigative and Computer-Assisted Reporting."

- Research fellowship from the International Centre for Studies in Culture and Technology at Stuttgart University (Germany), consisting of 22,500 Euro for the Spring/Summer Semester 2006.

- Ohio University Research Challenge Grant (Dec. 2002), consisting of $6,000 for the research project Online Journalism Ethics.

- Co-Winner of the Hans Bausch Media Award (Foerdergabe), 1999, endowed with DM 5000 and given biennially to one or two recipients by the German radio broadcasting company SWR. This award recognized his academic work in media ethics.

- German federal HSP-III grant (ca. $40,000), 1998-2001, for setting up a multimedia lab at the Leipzig University and for developing and implementing the web-based learning environment Distance Learning Propaedeutikum.

- DFG grant (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for a 5-year full-time Assistant Researcher position at the Technical University, Berlin, 1989-1994.

- Doctorate awarded summa cum laude, Technical University Berlin (Germany), 1994.

- Masters degree awarded with the notation sehr gut (1.0, equivalent to a 4.0 GPA in the United States) at the Free University Berlin, 1988

- Full scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 1984-1988.

SELECTED SERVICE AND MEMBERSHIPS:

- Ohio University Faculty Senator (2010-2012)

- Environmental Science Advisory Board (2008- )

- Ohio University Faculty Senator (2004-2007)

- Chairman of the Media Ethics Section of the German Association of Communication Studies (DGPuK), 2001-2003 and 2003-2005.

- Chairman of the Online Journalism ad hoc committee (since 2001).

- Served as vice chairman of the university-wide multimedia/distance learning committee at the Leipzig University, 1998-2000.

- Member of AEJMC, NCA, a(o).i.r., IRE, GSA, and several German academic associations.