William Rainbolt
  Associate Professor
  Director, Journalism Program
  University at Albany


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William Rainbolt, Ph.D
Journalism Program    English Department    Univ. at Albany
Voice: 518-442-4087    E-mail: Rainbolt@albany.edu

Currently: Director of The Journalism Program, Univ. at Albany


    Ph.D in History, University at Albany (SUNY), May 2004

       Dissertation: Images of Journalism in Film, 1946-1976

This film history dissertation examines the cultural, political, social, and other influences on depictions of journalism in film from early postwar America through 1976. The dissertation advances a two-fold argument: first, that films are primary sources, or artifacts for the times in which they are produced and released, and second, that the nostalgic, traditional image of journalists as portrayed in films of the Thirties and Forties underwent severe changes beginning in the Fifties, due to a changed postwar American society and, especially, the advent of television. The dissertation pays special attention to such films as Call Northside 777 (1948), All the King’s Men (1949) The Big Carnival (1951), Park Row (1952), Deadline USA (1952), Medium Cool (1969), The Parallax View (1974), , All the President's Men (1976), and Network (1976). In one three-chapter section, the dissertation presents a “thick description” of Medium Cool, examining it in terms of the Sixties “Image Culture,” “Realism Culture,” and “News Culture.”

       Exam Fields: American Culture, The Great Depression and New Deal Era, Public Policy

    M.A., Journalism, University of North Texas, 1975

       Thesis (published): The History of Underground Communication in Russia Since the Seventeenth Century

    B.A., General Studies (Journalism and Russian Studies), University of Maryland, 1972

    Other: University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1975-79 (Graduate study in media law and ethics, including 15 credits in University of Missouri School of Law)


    University at Albany (SUNY), Dept. of English, Albany, N.Y., 1984-present

       Director of Journalism Program, 1999 - present; also 1984-87, 1993,1998. Responsible for curriculum development, faculty hiring and assignment, recruitment, advisement, internships, fundraising, relations with professional media, special events planning, awards competition, and carrying a 3-3 load (2-2, with release time).

    Siena College, Dept. of English, Loudonville, N.Y., 1990-93. Lecturer in Journalism and English (part-time)

    Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College), Dept. of Communications, Glassboro, N.J., 1979-84. Assistant Professor of Communications

    University of Missouri, School of Journalism, Columbia, Mo., 1975-79. Lecturer, Print Journalism (Newspaper/Magazine sequence)


    University-wide: numerous, including (current) Documentary Studies Program Initiative Committee and Broadcast Curriculum Initiative Committee (founding member of both), as well as Search Committee for tenure-track Journalism hire; and (past) Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Council on Academic Freedom; Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee. At previous colleges: Women’s Studies, Academic Freedom and Ethics, Curriculum Review, Faculty Senate, and others.
    Department: numerous, including (past) Faculty Advisory Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum, Technology, search committees. At previous colleges: numerous regarding curriculum, searches, planning, development.


    Discretionary Salary Increase for Merit, Dept. of English, Univ. at Albany, 1998, 2002, 2003
    University at Albany Benevolent Association Research Grant, 1998, 1999


    Novelist (published), freelance writer, and communications consultant, 1986--present
    Asbury Park, N.J., Press: copyeditor, 1980
    Fort Worth, Tex., Star-Telegram: county bureau reporter, 1973-74
    Lubbock, Tex., Avalanche-Journal: feature writer, 1967
    Denton, Tex., Record-Chronicle: sports editor, entertainment editor, reporter, copyeditor, 1964-67, 1968-69


    Other editorial work: contributing writer NY State Bar Association, women’s medical health care center newsletter, police magazines publisher; writing coach for women’s issues newspaper; judge (national and regional) for numerous journalism and public relations contests; consultant for development of graduate communications program; contributing editor for investigative reporting journal; chief editor for major grant application in university international programs office; writer on special project examining university foundations.

    Consulting: workshops, speeches, media relations, etc., for more than 35 organizations, including NY State Bar Assn., NY Public Health Assn., Jackson County (Mo.) government supervisors, Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, NJ Philanthropy Assn., NY Hospital Public Relations Assn., Cerebral Palsy Center, Adirondack Mountain Club, NY Conference on aging, American Society of Quality Control, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, others.

See also:    Publications List

See also:    Contemporary Authors, Vol. 152, pp. 369-70
                 Who's Who in the East, current edition
                 Who's Who in Media and Communications, 1st edition

See also:    Univ. at Albany Faculty Activity Reports, 2003 and                  previous years (available on request)