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Francis P. Garland

  • Assistant Professor
    Communication and The Arts
  • Director, LE111
    English Department
  • Assistant Professor
    English Department

I am the director of Gannon’s Journalism Communication program and an assistant professor in the School of Communication and the Arts. 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 directing the Journalism Communication program and 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. For the past 11 summers, I also have conducted a week-long journalism workshop for area high school students.

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.
  • COMM/ENGL 214 – Writing for Print/New Media: students learn the basics of journalistic writing through a mixture of laboratory exercises and live assignments.
  • COMM/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.
  • COMM/ENGL 216 – Advanced/Specialized Reporting: students are given live writing assignments in three main areas – criminal justice, local government and education, and the environment.
  • COMM/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.
  • COMM 219 – Sports Journalism I: an introduction to traditional sports journalism, with a focus on college-level athletics.
  • COMM 341 -- Media Management: Leaders in the communication industry -- local television, radio, newspapers and web-based outlets -- shared their management experiences and knowledges with students.
  • 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
  • Gannon University: Director, Journalism Communication Program; assistant professor, School of Communication and the Arts, 2005-present.
  • Erie Times-News (Erie, Pennsylvania): part-time sports correspondent, 2008-2015.
  • 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.
  • College Media Advisers
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • The Society for Editing

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

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 the Erie Reader, Erie's alternative weekly newspaper. I also worked part-time on the sports desk at the Erie Times-News during the school year for eight years. 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.

Francis         P. Garland

Phone: 814-871-
Office: CCA 319

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