Emeritus Faculty/In Memoriam

Emeritus Faculty:


Carolyn Dale, 1977

Associate Professor. B.A., M.C., University of Washington. Dale has been teaching at Western for more than 25 years. During that time, she has chaired the department, led university re-accreditation efforts and taught abroad. Her journalism experience includes being a reporter and editor with The Bellingham Herald and The Tacoma News Tribune. She is co-author, with Tim Pilgrim, of “Fearless Editing: Crafting Words and Images for Print, Web and Public Relations,” Allyn & Bacon, 2005. A vita and information on current courses are available on her Web page.

Email: Carolyn.Dale@wwu.edu
Home page: http://hope.journ.wwu.edu/cdale/


Lyle Harris, 1976.

Lyle Harris was a faculty member of the Journalism Department from 1976 to 2005, when he retired as Professor Emeritus.  Since that time he has returned to fill in as needed for J350 Mass Media Law and J480 Senior Seminar.  Prior to coming to WWU, he was Director of the Business Journalism Program at the University of Missouri where he earned his Ph.D.  Lyle was a Fellow, Washington Journalism Center, a reporter with UPI in Salt Lake City and later the Evening Star in Washington, D.C.  He has been an expert witness for the defense in First Amendment cases and a speaker on various freedom of the press issues. He lives in Whatcom County and can be reached at Lyle.Harris@wwu.edu


Floyd McKay, 1990.

Floyd joined the faculty after three decades as a print and broadcast reporter and commentator in Oregon. He served eight years as Chair and retired in 2004. He continues to write in retirement, currently for Crosscut.com. Floyd's memoir of media and politics, Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State, was published in April by Oregon State University Press. Floyd was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a DuPont-Columbia Broadcast Award winner; he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. With his wife, Dixie, he lives in Bellingham.

Email: floydmckay@comcast.net


Tim Pilgrim, 1992.

Emeritus faculty. B.S., Western Montana College; M.A., University of Montana; M.A., Ph.D, University of Washington. Pilgrim has been a copy editor and reporter for several weekly papers, and a correspondent and free-lance writer for newspapers and magazines in the Northwest. He taught at North Idaho College, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Email: tpilgrim@hope.journ.wwu.edu


Ted Stannard, 1969.

B.A., University of Washington; M.A., Cornell University.  Stannard has served in Asia, North America and the Middle East for more than a dozen years as a journalist and foreign correspondent and over three decades as educator, administrator and consultant.  In 1969, he came to Western and helped launch the award-winning professional journalism program there, and headed it for 12 years.  He has taught and lectured at a number of universities around the world and has since retired to family and neighborhood activities, and exploring the globe.

Email: restannardjr@yahoo.com


In Memoriam:


Shearlean Duke, 1999.

B.A., Tennessee Tech University; M.A., Chapman University. Duke had more than 25 years experience as a journalist and public relations specialist. She was a former reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times. She was director of public relations for a Los Angeles advertising agency, and was a senior communications specialist for Allergan, a global health care company. She taught at East Carolina University and the University of California, Irvine.


Pete Steffens, 1972.

Steffens studied at Harvard University and Oxford University’s Balliol College before beginning his journalism career as a copy boy on the San Francisco Chronicle in 1952.  He worked for Reuters News Agency in London and the Middle East, Time magazine and other publications and broadcast media in the United States. His work has been published in Time Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor, Collier’s Magazine and Ramparts Magazine.  Aside from teaching at Western, he taught at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Northwest Indian College on the Lummi Reservation.


Gerson Miller, 1967.

Gerson F. Miller came to Western in 1967 as the “one-man journalism department” within the English department until the major was established in 1970. He graduated cum laude with a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948 and had a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1964. In between he worked in newspaper journalism, and taught at San José State University before coming to Western. In 1983 he received the annual Excellence in Teaching award. His research focus was in community newspapers. Prof. Miller received the Distinguished Service in Journalism award in 1979 from the Western Washington Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists – the same year Western received its charter for a student chapter of SPJ. Despite a diagnosis of cancer in 1971, Prof. Miller continued teaching until he took a long-term medical leave in 1987. He died in 1989.