Assistant Professor, Communication and The Arts
Advisor, Gannon Knight
Phone: 814-871-5808
Office: SCA 319
garland003@gannon.edu

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications

Biography

I am the director of Gannon’s Journalism Communications program and an instructor in the English Department. A native of Pittsburgh, I finished my undergraduate work at San Francisco State University, where I majored in journalism, in 1977. I remained on the West Coast for most of the next 30 years, with the exception of a year that I attended West Virginia University, where I obtained a Master of Science degree in journalism. The focus of my master’s thesis was a content analysis that compared tabloid newspapers to broadsheets with respect to facts and opinions.

Prior to coming to Gannon in the fall of 2005, I spent nearly 30 years working as a journalist for several Northern California newspapers. I began my career in journalism as a sports writer and spent a dozen years in that arena. For the next 18 years, I focused on news and features, where I covered a wide array of serious topics -- criminal justice, the environment, municipal government, education – as well as some not-so-serious topics. Unless you are among those who consider the annual Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee a serious matter.

In addition to teaching a full-time course load, I serve as the faculty adviser to The Gannon Knight, the university’s award-winning student-produced weekly newspaper. I am also active on several campus committees, including Gannon’s magazine advisory committee, student publications committee, library committee, faculty development committee and athletics committee. For the past six summers, I also have conducted a week-long journalism workshop for area high school students.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses:

  • LENG 111 – College composition: students focus on specific genres of writing, including memoirs, reviews, commentaries and proposals.
  • LENG 112 – Critical analysis and composition: students focus on research writing, culminating in a major research project.
  • ENGL 214 – Writing for Print Media: students learn the basics of journalistic writing through a mixture of laboratory exercises and live assignments.
  • ENGL 215 – Editing/Production of Print Media: students cover a variety of topics from grammar and word usage to media law and ethics to producing pages with desktop publishing software.
  • ENGL 216 – Advanced/Specialized Reporting: students are given live writing assignments in three main areas – criminal justice, local government and education, and the environment.
  • ENGL 218 – Feature Writing: students concentrate on several basic types of feature stories, including profiles and trend stories, and investigate the world of free-lance writing.
  • ENGL 390 – Sports Writing: an introduction to traditional sports journalism, with a focus on college-level athletics.

Educational History

  • Point Park College, attended from 1973 to 1975, majored in journalism.
  • San Francisco State University, BA in journalism, 1977
  • West Virginia University, MS in journalism, 1989

Professional Experience

  • Gannon University: Director, Journalism Communications Program; instructor, English Department, 2005-present.
  • The Record (Stockton, California): Mother Lode Bureau chief, 1995-2005.
  • The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California): sports/general assignment/bureau reporter, 1983-2005.
  • The Tri-Valley Herald (Livermore, California): sports writer, 1980-1982.
  • The Manteca Bulletin (Manteca, California): sports editor, 1979-1980.
  • The Tracy Press (Tracy, California): sports editor, 1977-1979.
  • The Suburban Gazette (McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania): sports editor: 1973-1975.

Professional Societies

  • College Media Advisers
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Society for American Baseball Research

Publications

Book
Willie Stargell: A Life in Baseball, McFarland & Co. Inc. publisher, Spring 2013 publication date.

Articles
As a journalist for more than 30 years, I have had numerous articles published in a variety of newspapers and several magazines, most recently in Lake Erie Lifestyle. I spent 12 years working as a sports reporter and news reporter for The Modesto Bee and 10 years as a general assignment/features reporter for The Record, in Stockton, California. At The Record, I won or shared two first-place awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association annual competition and won a similar award while working at The Manteca Bulletin, in Manteca, California, in 1980.