Carolyn Stewart Dyer

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Carolyn Stewart Dyer
Professor Emeritus
PhD 1978, University of Wisconsin at Madison

After receiving a BA in government, Dyer worked as a journalist for six years. She also has an MA in journalism with a concentration in higher education and a PhD in mass communications with concentrations in history and law.

Before joining the Iowa faculty in 1978, she worked as teaching assistant, lecturer, and visiting assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and as assistant professor at Colorado State University's Department of Technical Journalism. She did postgraduate work at the Family and Community History Center at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1979.

Dyer worked as a newswoman for WJPG-AM in Green Bay, Wisconsin, reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and capitol correspondent at the Madison news bureau of the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Appleton Post-Crescent. Her articles have appeared in Journalism and Communication Monographs, Journalism Quarterly, Georgetown Law Journal, Communications and the Law, Sexual Coercion and Assault, and Journalism History. In 1987, she developed The Iowa Guide: Scholarly Journals in Mass Communication and Related Fields, which currently is in preparation for a new online version scheduled for debut in 2002. She coordinated the 1993 Nancy Drew Conference at The University of Iowa and co-edited the book Rediscovering Nancy Drew, which is based on the proceedings. She also has published articles on 19th-century newspaper history. Her current research focuses on news coverage of rape and of mental illness.

In 1999 Dyer received a first place award in the Third Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Web Site Design Competition for the website created for her Information Gathering course. She has also won research awards for her work on newspaper history, gender and media law, and Nancy Drew.