A Guide to the Ellen Wartella Papers, 1976-1993
Dr. Ellen Wartella, former Dean of the College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, is one of the foremost scholars on the effects of mass media on child development.
Wartella received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and 1977, respectively. She began her career at Ohio State University, where she taught as an assistant professor and assistant adjunct professor from 1976 to 1979. From 1979 to 1993, Wartella served at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the positions of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor at the Institute of Communications Research. In 1992, Wartella served a year as Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Wartella joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 as Dean of the College of Communication and Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. She also had the distinction of being the Walter Cronkite Regents Chair in Communication and the Mrs. Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in Communication.
Wartella left UT in 2004 to become the University of California at Riverside Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. She also taught as Distinguished Professor of Psychology. In 2010, Wartella joined the faculty of Northwestern University. She is a Faculty Associate for the Institute for Policy Research, the Sheik Hmad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication, and a professor of psychology, human development, and social policy.
Wartella, Ellen. "Ellen Wartella CV Jan 2011." College of Communications, Northwestern University. Accessed March 3, 2014. http://www.communication.northwestern.edu/files/faculty/cv/Wartella.Ellen.pdf
The Ellen Wartella Papers comprise twenty feet of research materials and bibliographic information relating to Dr. Wartella’s professional research on children and television. The papers also include a small amount of professional correspondence from 1976 to 1993, as well as class syllabi and course packets from 1989 and 1990.
This collection is open for research use.
These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Ellen Wartella Papers, 1976-1993, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, May 1996.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, March 2014.
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