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Calvin L Hall

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Chair & Associate Professor
(919) 530-5115
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211B Farrison-Newton Communications Building


Chair, Department of Mass Communication


Calvin L. Hall (B.A., M.A., North Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) is the department chair and an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication. He is the author of African American Journalists: Autobiography as Memoir and Manifesto published by The Scarecrow Press.

He earned a doctorate in mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and holds master's and bachelor's degrees in English from North Carolina State University. His research interests include literary journalism, journalism history, and scholastic journalism.

Before coming to NCCU, Hall was an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University in Boone, where he served as assistant chair. In 2010, he served as a visiting professor in the International Journalism graduate program at the Fudan University School of Journalism in Shanghai, China.

Born in Asheville, Hall taught high school English and journalism at Asheville High School for five years before returning to N.C. State to complete a graduate degree in English with a focus on creative writing. Hall is an alumnus of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence. For six years, he served as a member of the board of trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Hall has also served as student media adviser at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, and as an instructor for the Summer Scholastic Journalism Institute of the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA), headquartered at UNC-Chapel Hill.

He has served as head of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and has participated in the AEJMC Institute for Diverse Leadership and was selected for the 2017 Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar.

He also serves as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer for Judicial District 15B, which serves Orange and Chatham counties.

Research Interests

Diversity in Mass Communication
Literary Journalism
Journalism History
Scholastic Journalism
Creative Writing


PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2004
MA North Carolina State University 1997
BA North Carolina State University 1989


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