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Dr. Dennis Cali Honored for Innovative Teaching and Research

September 25, 2018

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The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced that Dr. Dennis Cali, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in the communication department, received the Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the field of media ecology.

The award was presented at the Media Ecology Association's 2018 national convention in recognition of Cali's work to advance media ecology education, including his creation of the nation's first self-standing college course in media ecology at UT Tyler.

"This prestigious award is a testament to Dr. Cali's exceptional and innovative work as a teacher and researcher and his devotion to preparing the next generation of great leaders,'' said Dr. Neil Gray, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "We congratulate Dr. Cali on this well-deserved recognition.''

Cali established an undergraduate course and graduate seminar in media ecology in the UT Tyler Department of Communication and presents talks and workshops about the subject. He also authored a well-received volume titled "Mapping Media Ecology: Introduction to the Field'' (Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017). Last year, Cali won the MEA Top Paper Award for outstanding academic research.

In addition to media ecology, Cali teaches and researches in political communication, rhetorical criticism and religious communication. His books include "Generic Criticism of American Public Address'' and "Faith and the Media,'' and his scholarly articles have appeared in Communication Studies, The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and The Journal of Communication and Religion, among other publications.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.