Tim P. Vos is Professor and Director of the Michigan State University School of Journalism. Vos is a past president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the field’s leading research, teaching, and service organization. He is the former vice-chair of the AEJMC Standing Committee on Research and the former head of AEJMC’s History Division.
Vos earned his Doctorate in Mass Communication from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University (2005). He previously served on the Communication faculty at Seton Hall University and was an associate professor and chair of Journalism Studies at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. A native Iowan, Vos was a first-generation college student. He worked as a broadcast journalist for 12 years, during which time he wrote for local and national publications and interviewed most of the major party candidates for U.S. president.
Vos's research examines the roles of journalism, media sociology and gatekeeping, media history, and media policy. His work also explores how change has happened in print, broadcast, and digital news, public relations, and advertising.
Vos is co-author, co-editor, or editor of four books and the International Communication Association's (ICA) International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. He is the book series editor of Journalism in Perspective from the University of Missouri Press. Vos has won the Best American Journalism Article award, the Laurence R. Campbell Faculty Research Award, the James E. Murphy Top Faculty Paper Award, the Leslie J. Moeller Award, the Kappa Tau Alpha research award; and top-three faculty paper awards from AEJMC and ICA.
Vos is the primary investigator for the Discourses on Journalism project and lead U.S. investigator for the 100-plus-country Worlds of Journalism Study.
Political Communication and Civic Engagement
Policy and Governance