The West Virginia University Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism faculty and staff have honored Assistant Professor Robyn Blakeman and adjunct teacher Paul S. Sunyak as faculty members of the year.
Blakeman has been named the schools 2001-2002 Teacher of the Year, while Sunyak received the 2001-2002 Adjunct Teacher of the Year award.
“I appreciate this honor very much, but without the consistent help from my colleagues, it never would have been attainable,”Blakeman said.”No one receives an honor like this alone.”
Blakeman serves as the advertising program chair, coordinator of the Integrated Marketing Communications Online Graduate Certificate Program and coordinator of student affairs and curriculum.
Computerized graphic design, advertising fundamentals, advertising campaign development and advertising design are among Blakemans specialties.
For the last several years, Blakeman has been instrumental in developing the countrys first online IMC Graduate Certificate Program, which continues to grow and develop into a leader in the IMC field.
“Robyns dedication to students, her extraordinary efforts in curriculum design and her vision for building 21st century skills and practices make her a truly outstanding teacher,”said School of Journalism Dean Christine Martin.”Shes one of those teachers who always has a line of students outside her door, wanting her advice, support and good counsel. And she always gives them 110 percent.”
Blakeman received her bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska in 1980 and a masters degree from Southern Methodist University. Professionally, Blakeman has worked as a designer, mechanical director and production manager.
Sunyak, an award-winning reporter at the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pa., has taught as a SOJ adjunct since August 1999. Sunyak has worked at the Herald-Standard since 1980, covering everything from sports to county government.
“It is an honor and privilege to be named Adjunct Teacher of the Year, especially when one considers the high quality and dedication level of the part-time faculty of the School of Journalism,”Sunyak said.
Sunyak graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980 with a bachelors degree in journalism and in 1999 from Point Park College with a masters in journalism and communications.
The Kathryn B. Smith Memorial Scholarship recipient has won numerous reporting awards for public service/investigative reporting and for ongoing news coverage and beat reporting.
“Paul is one of those special teachers who loves students, loves teaching and loves the classroom so much, he always finds time, in his obviously full professional schedule, to share his love of journalism with students,”Martin said.