JAMES CROOK (University of Iowa 1961 B.A., 1963 M.A.) is Professor and Director Emeritus in the School of Journalism & Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. He earned his PhD in education and communications from Iowa State University. Dr. Crook is a longtime, fervent supporter of journalism education, starting with his M.A. thesis at Iowa, “A study of the relationships between newspapermen and public school administrators in Iowa.” He directed scholastic journalism programs at Marshalltown High School and community college before joining the Iowa State journalism faculty.
In 1974, Dr. Crook moved to Tennessee, where he served as director of the UT School of Journalism for 28, retiring in 2002. Under his leadership, the School combined electronic media and public relations degree curricula and added scholastic journalism service programs. With seven European and American journalism schools, he developed a Europe in the World program for student and faculty exchanges to study stereotypes and international cooperation. Dr. Crook re-conceptualized Journalism & Mass Communication Educator as a scholarly journal and served as its editor from 1988 to 2001. In 2003, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication recognized Dr. Crook with the Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award, which recognizes individuals who have devoted substantial parts of their careers to promoting research in mass communication.
Dr. Crook worked as a reporter and advertising salesman for The Daily Iowan during his undergraduate study. He was also a charter member of the UI Old Gold Singers in 1957 and a member of the Hawkeye marching band. He and his wife Diane live in Knoxville, Tenn. They have three children, Art, Betsy and Tom, and nine grandchildren.