Dean, College of Communication
Gary R. Edgerton became the first permanent dean of the
2-year-old Butler College of Communication in August 2012.
Previously, he was eminent scholar, professor, and chair of
Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University in
Edgerton oversaw degree programs in communication, theatre, and
dance at Old Dominion. He also taught and held administrative
positions at Bowling Green State University and Goucher College
before joining Old Dominion
Edgerton earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and History from
the College of the Holy Cross (1974), and his Master of Arts in
Communication (1979), as well as his doctorate in communication
(1981), both from the University of Massachusetts.
As a scholar, Edgerton is credited with shaping the emergence
and growth of comparative media and cultural studies during the
last 30 years. He has published 11 books, including Mad Men:
Dream Come True TV (2011),The Essential HBO Reader
(2008), and Ken Burns's America (2001). He was chosen by
Columbia University Press to write The Columbia History of
American Television; in 2008, the book won the John G. Cawelti
Book Award of the American Culture Association for Outstanding
Scholarly Inquiry into American Cultural Studies.
Edgerton has also written more than 80 essays on an assortment
of media and culture topics in a variety of books, scholarly
journals, and encyclopedias. He is the co-executive editor of the
Journal of Popular Film and Television, has delivered more
than 100 conference and keynote presentations, and averages two
dozen commentaries a year since 1990 across a wide spectrum of
international and national newspapers, magazines, television,
radio, and Internet outlets.
In 2004, he received the American Culture Association Governing
Board Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Cultural