Alan B. Albarran, professor of radio, television and film and director of the Center for Spanish Language Media, received the Journal of Media Economics' Award of Honor.
The award was presented at the 8th World Media Economics Conference in Lisbon. It is a lifetime achievement award, recognizing "numerous scholarly contributions and inspiration to the field of media economics." Albarran is the eighth recipient of the award, the first from Texas and the third from the United States.
Albarran is the author of seven books related to media management and economics, with several texts translated into multiple languages. A former Fulbright senior scholar, he has given workshops and lectures in 14 different countries and served as an editor of two scholarly journals.
The center has a three-fold mission of preparing undergraduate students for careers in Spanish language media, conducting and disseminating research, and offering professional development opportunities to existing Spanish language media practitioners.
Albarran joined UNT in August 2000. He served seven years as chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film before becoming director of the Center for Spanish Language Media in 2006. He previously taught at Southern Methodist University and Sam Houston State University. Albarran holds a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University and both a bachelor's and master's degree from Marshall University.