Al Talbott

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Al Talbott
Hall of Fame
2014

Professor Emeritus Al Talbott joined the SJMC in the 1960s, during the School's exciting and provocative foray in curriculum experiments, and retired in 2002. A native of Omaha, Talbott was trained in quantitative research methods at Michigan State University and became a national expert in Q methodology, at the time a popular research tool widely used in the social sciences. For many years, he taught Issues and Concepts, the first-year seminar that defined the Iowa program as one that valued history and social theory. He became an authority on how journalists were portrayed in popular media, and maintained a huge collection of copies of films and television shows that featured such representations. Because of his eclectic interests, he served on many thesis and dissertation committees, very likely holding the School’s record. Talbott died on Sunday, February 15.