JOURNALIST. EDUCATOR. EXPLORER OF ALL THINGS NEWS.
Jan Lauren Boyles is a presidential assistant professor of journalism and computer science at Iowa State University. Jan joins Iowa State from the Pew Research Center in Washington, where she collaborated with staff as a research associate for the Journalism Project (formerly the Project for Excellence in Journalism). She received her PhD from American University’s School of Communication in May 2014. Her dissertation encompassed a case study of the New Orleans news ecosystem.
Boyles has previously served as a Google Journalism Fellow with the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project and as a summer researcher with the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Before joining AU as a doctoral fellow in 2011, she served as a non-tenure track faculty member at West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism, where she held an administrative post as the School’s Director of Advising.
During her tenure as a doctoral student, Boyles has presented her work before the International Communication Association, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Boyles also served on a research task force at the Federal Communications Commission — a project examining critical information needs for 21st century citizens. In 2012, she collaborated with experts at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, where she co-authored six reports on mobile technology and the future of higher education. Her work was featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times and Poynter, as well as on CNN, NBC News and CBS News.
An award-winning professor and academic advisor at West Virginia University, Boyles taught courses in media ethics, reporting, narrative journalism and news writing. Boyles also was an elected member of the University’s Faculty Senate, and served a term on the body’s Executive Committee. She also was appointed to the institution’s 2020 Strategic Planning Council.
A native of Fairmont, W.Va., Boyles graduated summa cum laude with undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism from WVU. She was selected by WVU officials as a Rhodes Scholar candidate and as a member of the WVU Order of Augusta, the highest University-wide academic distinction bestowed annually to eight graduating seniors. She is also a former newspaper reporter for The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.), Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail, and contributor to “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Life, Loss and Love,” published by the WVU Press.
Beyond academic and professional work, Jan is a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates fan. Let’s go Bucs.
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