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Glenda Balas

University of North Texas - Dallas
Dallas, TX
Dr. Glenda Balas is a Professor in Communication and Technology at the University of North Texas at Dallas. She was formerly Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNT Dallas; Professor and Chair of the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of New Mexico; and Chair of the Mass Communication Department at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Balas holds an M.B.A. degree from Eastern New Mexico University (1989) and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa (1999).

Her background includes university teaching and administration, as well as 18 years of professional experience in public broadcasting, public relations, nonprofit development, and marketing. She has academic interests in international media, indigenous media, and U.S. public broadcasting. Her research efforts frequently center on the analysis and critique of public media institutions.

Dr. Balas has been named a Fulbright Scholar twice, traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Spring 2009 to conduct comparative research on public service broadcasting in Canada and the United States. She also traveled to Ontario, Canada in 2022 to research indigenous media. She has produced a number of video documentaries on communication history and theories; her media research has been published in a range of communication and journalism journals; and she is the author of a book about the intellectual history of U.S. public broadcasting. Dr. Balas is also an award-winning teacher who has been recognized for her work with freshman learning communities, experiential learning, and international service learning.
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