Ken Starck shares a thirty-year history with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Starck was director of the School twice—from 1975-86 and from 1990-96. Before coming to Iowa, Starck taught at the University of South Carolina, Southern Illinois University, and the University of Missouri. He is a former Fulbright professor at the University of Bucharest and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. A former reporter at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Starck is the author of The Dragon's Pupils: A Chinese Odyssey (1991); Public Relations and Community: A Reconstructed Theory (with Dean Kruckeberg, 1988); co-editor of Perspectives in American Studies: A Reader by American Scholars in China (with W. Patrick Strauss and David Yawkey, 1988), and co-editor of Backtalk: Press Councils in America (with William L. Rivers, William B. Blankenburg, and Earl Reeves, 1972). He retired from the School in 2004, and until 2009 was professor and dean of the College of Communication and Media Studies at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.