Sam Sauls, associate professor of radio, television and film, has been elected as the 2011-2012 president of the Broadcast Education Association, the professional organization for faculty members, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and researching electronic media and multimedia enterprises.
Established in 1955 as the Association for Professional Broadcast Education, the BEA has more than 1,600 individual members and approximately 275 university departments and schools as institutional members.
Sauls, a longtime member of the BEA, is the current vice president for academic relations and is the former secretary-treasurer of the organization. He has served on the board of directors since 2006 and was the program chair of the 2005 BEA annual convention, as well as having served as the chair and vice chair of the BEA’s student media advisors division and editor of the BEA membership directory for three years.
Sauls joined the UNT faculty in 1984 as a lecturer in the Department of Radio, Television and Film and station manager of the campus radio station, KNTU-FM. He was the station manager for 10 years before becoming an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2000. He is currently the associate chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Radio, Television and Film.
He is author of the books, The Culture of American College Radio and Basic Audio Production: Sound Applications for Radio, Television and Film, and was president of the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators, in addition to his service to BEA.
Some of the graduates already are working in area school districts.
Sauls has a combined total of 15 years experience in commercial and noncommercial radio. He worked for four years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the National Center for Financial and Economic Information, serving as the center’s audio production and language laboratory manager. He was also director of field operations for City Colleges of Chicago while living in Germany for two years.
He received his associate’s degree from San Antonio College and his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from UNT.
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