Curriculum Vitae

Wolfgang Donsbach is professor of communication and founding as well as current director of the Department of Communication at Dresden University of Technology, Germany. He was a visiting professor at Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Navarra (Spain), and Harvard University. He was president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (1995-1996) and the International Communication Association (2004-2005). He is the general editor of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication (Wiley-Blackwell 2008). In 2007 he received WAPOR’s Helen-Dinerman-Award for extraordinary achievements in public opinion research and in 2008 the David Swanson Award in Political Communication sponsored by ICA’s Political Communication Division. In 2010 he was elected as an ICA Fellow. His main research interests are in journalism, political communication, public opinion, and exposure to communication.

 

Office

Dresden University of Technology
Department of Media and Communication
01062 Dresden
Voice: +49.351.463.33308
Fax: +49.351.463.37067
Email: wolfgang.donsbach@tu-dresden.de

Marital Status: married to Eva Donsbach, Child: Tom Donsbach (2001)

Education and Academic Degrees

1989 Dr. habil. (post-doctoral dissertation and qualification for full professorship in communications), University of Mainz
1981 Dr. phil (PhD) in communications, University of Mainz
1975 M.A. in communications, political science, cultural anthropology, University of Mainz
1960-68 Lina-Hilger-High School, Bad Kreuznach, Baccalaureate 1968
1956-60 Elementary School Bad Kreuznach

Professional Career
1993- Full professor and founding director, Department of Communication, Dresden University of Technology
1991- Permanent visiting professor, Facultad de Ciencias de la Informacion, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
1999 Lombard visiting professor, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University
1991-1993 Visiting professor, Department of Communication, Free University Berlin
1990 Visiting professor, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
1989-90 Fellow, Gannett Center for Media Studies, and Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York
1978-91 Assistant professor, Department of Communication, University of Mainz (tenured since 1984)
1977 Assistant professor, Department of Journalism, University of Dortmund, Germany
1977 Free lance journalist for a weekly and a regional radio station
1976-77 Research assistant, Department of Communication, University of Mainz
1972, 1975 Internship at Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (national German public broadcasting sytem)

Awards, Invitations, Nominations

2012 Wee Kim Wee Visiting Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communicationa nd Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2010 Named Fellow of the International Communication Association for Contributions to the Study of Human Communication

2008 Honorary Membership, Polish Association for Communication Research (awarded in Wroclaw, September 15)

2008 David Swanson Award for Political Communication Research by the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association

2007 Helen-Dinerman Award of the World Associations for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) for lifetime achievements in the field of public opinion research

2003- Senator, Senate for Culture of the State of Saxony

1999 Invitation as Lombard Visiting professor, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University

1990 Stipend of German Research Association for a joint research project at Syracuse University, New York

1990 Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JPSS), Tokyo, Japan

1989/90 Fellow, Gannett Center for Media Studies, Columbia University, New York

1988 Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Pretoria, and South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Johannesburg, South Africa

1984 Invited scholar by the International Visitor Program of the United States Information Agency

1983-89 European-Council stipends for an investigation of the compatibility of programs and degrees in journalism and mass communications in Europe (England: 1983, France: 1985, Spain: 1989)

Professional Services

2011- Chair, International Advisory Committee of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research
2011 Chair, External Evaluation Committee, Dutch PhD Program (NeSCoR)
2011 Member, International Assessment Committee for Master Theses, University of Amsterdam
2010- Member, International Advisory Committee, Association of Political Communication (Asociación de Comunicación Política-ACOP, 2010-)
2009 Member, External Evaluation Committee, Israeli Communication Research
2009- Editorial Board, Textual and Visual Media. Revista de la Sociedad Espanola de Periodistica
2009- Member of the Editorial Board, Central European Journal of Communication
2008- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Communication
April 2007 Member, External Evaluation Committee, School of Communication, Ohio State University
2006- Member of the Editorial Board, Human Communication Research
2005/11 Member, External Evaluation Committee, Amsterdam School of Communication (ASCoR)
2005- Member of the Editorial Board, Communication Theory
2004-2007 Member of the Editorial Board, Political Communication
2004-2005 President, International Communication Association (ICA)
1986- Member, International Council of the Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes sur la Communication (IREC), Université de Paris 2
1987- Member of the Editorial Board Communicatio, published by University of South Africa
1993- Member of the Editorial Board Javnost, published by University of Ljubljana, Slowenia
1995-2007 Member of the Editorial Board, The Harvard International Journal Press/Politics
1995- President, Advisory Board, Association Citizens Question Journalists
1996-2009 Managing editor, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, published by Oxford University Press (position also held 1987-1994), editor 1994-2010
1997-2008 President, German Association for Media Content Analysis
1999-2003 Chairman, ICA Liaison Committee
1996-2002 Chairman, Program Committee and convenor, WAPOR seminar series on “Quality Criteria in Public Opinion Research”, Cadenabbia, Italy (bi-annual seminars)
2000- Member of the Editorial Board, Conflict and Communication Online
2001 Chairman, Program Committee, first joint symposium of ICA und IAMCR on “Digital Divide“, Austin, Texas
2001-2002 Member, ICA Nomination Committee
1992-2002 President section Sociology and Social Psychology (renamed: Psychology and Public Opinion), program chair for section’s annual programs and member of the International Council of the International Association for Mass Communication Research (IAMCR)
1998-2000 Member Research Committee, International Communication Association
1987-94 Managing editor, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, (Editors: S.M. Lipset, E. Noelle-Neumann, R.M. Worcester)
1996-98 Chairman, Political Communication Division, International Communication Association (ICA)
1995-96 President, World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)
1995-96 Chairman, program committee, ICA Political Communication Division
1993 Chairman program committee, WAPOR seminar “Public Opinion and Public Opinion Research in Eastern Europe”, Tallinn, Estonia
1993 Invited organizer of the Open Submission Topic (OST) “Public Opinion” for the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Miami Beach, Florida
1992 Organizer and chair, Joint Session of WAPOR and IAMCR on “Mass Media and Public Opinion” at the IAMCR conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil
1992 Organizer and chair, Joint Session of WAPOR and ICA “Politics and the News in Democracies” at the ICA conference in Miami, Florida
1989 Convenor and program chair: Seminar “Opinion Polls” of the European Society for Marketing and Opinion Research (ESOMAR), Sevilla, Spain
1988 Chairman, joint session “Mass Media and Public Opinion” of WAPOR and IAMCR, Barcelona, Spain
1987-90 Chairman, publications committee, World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)
1987 Chairman, program committee: Annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), Montreux, Switzerland
1985 Chairman, program committee: conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) in Wiesbaden, Germany (1985)

Other services

1993-2004 President, Associations of the Friends of the Department of Communication TU Dresden
1996- Member of the Board, Dresden International School, Chair since 2011
1997-1999 Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce, Saxony

Membership in Professional and Academic Organizations
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaften (DGPuK)
International Communication Association (ICA)
International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Research (AEJMC)
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)
European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR)
European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)