Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-08-27

Samford University journalism and mass communication professor Dennis R. Jones received this year's John H. Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching at the school.

Dr. Jones received a silver tray and $1,000 check from Samford Provost Dr. Bradley Creed during Samford's semester-opening convocation Tuesday (AUG. 26).

Jones, who joined the Samford faculty in 1991, is the journalism department's print specialist. Besides teaching classes in writing and design for newspapers and magazines, he is editorial and advertising advisor to the Samford student newspaper, The Crimson, and is publishing director and originator of a student-produced magazine, Exodus.

Finalists for this year's award were nominated by members of last year's graduating class. Students who nominated him consistently referred to his caring attitude and willingness to help all who need it.

Last spring, he was named the Outstanding Journalism Educator in the South by the Southeast Journalism Conference. In addition to his teaching duties, he has served on many university committees.

An Ohio native, Jones earned a bachelor's degree from Manchester College and master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Prior to joining the Samford faculty, he chaired the department of journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, and also taught at the University of South Carolina and Radford University in Virginia. He has worked at several newspapers, including The Columbia Record and The State in South Carolina and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida.

The teaching award honors the late Dr. John H .Buchanan, who served 21 years as an active Samford trustee and continued to serve in an honorary capacity until his death in 1976. He was longtime pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham.