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Doug Ward

Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Budig Hall
Room 135


Doug Ward is a cultural historian and former New York Times editor who teaches courses in pedagogy, data visualization, digital content strategy, and editing. He is also the associate director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

He led development of the master’s degree in Digital Content Strategy and a digital literacy course known as Infomania. He also developed a hybrid approach for editing courses, reducing hours of class time while maintaining the same level of student learning. While teaching editing, he created KUEditing.com, an online language reference source and blog that is now only lightly maintained, and Journalism Tech, which has since shut down.

At the Center for Teaching Excellence, he works with faculty in such areas as flexible and online teaching, data analytics, use of technology to improve student engagement, and innovating teaching practices. He is part of a multi-university team called TEval, which received a National Science Foundation grant to create a fairer and more nuanced approach to evaluating teaching. He helped develop a university tool called My Students, which provides demographic information about students in individual courses. He writes about teaching, learning and the future of higher education for the CTE blog, Bloom’s Sixth, and for the Bay View Alliance, a consortium of research universities working to improve teaching.

Ward was the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year for 2011 and is a recipient of the Bengtson Faculty Mentor Award and the Katich Award for Creativity. He is a past awardee of the Budig Professor of Writing, and has been nominated for several university awards, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the H.O.P.E. Award for outstanding teaching.

He is the author of A New Brand of Business: Charles Coolidge Parlin, Curtis Publishing Company, and the Origins of Market Research (Temple, 2010) and several articles on the history of advertising, marketing, and consumer culture.

Research Interests

  • Teaching and technology
  • Active learning
  • Future of education
  • Audience studies
  • American cultural history
  • Web development
  • App development

Academic Degrees

  • Associate of Arts, Southeast Community College, Fairbury, Neb. 1981
  • B.S. in journalism and mass communication, Kansas State University, 1983
  • M.A. (with Honors) in journalism, KU 1991
  • Ph.D. mass communication, University of Maryland, 1996 and Minor field: American cultural history.


  • Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year
  • Budig Teaching Professorship
  • Bengtson Faculty Mentor Award
  • Katich Creativity Award
  • Administrative Fellow, University of Kansas


  • Future of higher education
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Evaluation of teaching
  • Web, app and bot development
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Data visualization and data analytics
  • Teaching and technology
  • American cultural history


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