​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wilkin Chair Series

​"The Changing Face of Media Literacy"


2019-20 Wilkin Chair

Diana M. Montague, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Communications

In my year of exploring "The Changing Face of Media Literacy," we will look at some of the challenges of developing and maintaining media literacy skills as it gets easier to spread misinformation and disinformation and harder to distinguish truth from fiction. The addition of social media to traditional mass media outlets has changed the way people get their news, and new technology has shifted who controls the message, so we will explore how this shift in message control has impacted the way we interpret the information that surrounds us.​​​

  • 2019-20 Wilkin Chair Events

    Monday, Sept. 30
    Campus presentation: "The Changing Face of Media Literacy"
    Mazza Museum Gallery
    To view full presentation, click here.

    Monday, Nov. 18 | 4 p.m.
    Student participation event: Speak Off
    Best "fact-checking the news" speakers in COMM110 will compete.
    Mazza Museum Gallery

    Monday, Nov. 18 | 4:45 p.m. (following Speak Off)
    Guest professional: Holly Zachariah, reporter and intern supervisor at the Columbus Dispatch
    Mazza Museum Gallery

    Wednesday, Jan. 22 | 6:30 p.m.
    Presentation: "Fighting Fake News: How to Improve Media Literacy Skills"
    Lindamood Room at Findlay/Hancock County Public Library

    Tuesday, Feb. 18 | 6-9 p.m.
    "Escape Room" student competition
    Small groups will use media literacy skills to solve puzzles.
    Shafer Library Learning Commons

  • Diana M. Montague Bio

    Diana M. Montague, Ph.D., is a professor of communication and chair of the Communication Department. She teaches courses in journalism, media law, film, public speaking and interpersonal communication. She received her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. She earned her M.S. in journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.A. in journalism at Valparaiso University, where she was the editor of the student newspaper, The Torch. Before coming to Findlay, Montague was an assistant news editor and columnist for the Winona Daily News in Winona, Minnesota. While working for the Daily News she received a first-place award from the Minnesota Associated Press in an annual page 1 design and layout contest. Montague also taught editing and advised the student newspaper at Winona State University.

    A faculty member at University of Findlay since 1986, Montague was the faculty adviser for the weekly student newspaper, The Pulse, for 16 years. For seven years she was the director of the First-Year Seminar program, an internationally recognized program that focused on students' academic, social and cultural transitions to college life.The University of Findlay presented the 1999 “Founder's Academic Excellence Award for Faculty" to Montague for her commitment to students, the institution and scholarly pursuits. In 2003, Montague was awarded the “David L Allen Award for Teaching Excellence" and in 2015 she was awarded the “Harriet Smith Ritz Service Award."

    Montague is a strong proponent of civic engagement and Academic Service-Learning. She is a co-founder of the Orientation Service Project, an annual event in which all new students, accompanied by faculty, staff and alumni, go into the Findlay/Hancock County community to provide service during Orientation Weekend each August.​


About the Wilkin Chair Series

Starting in 2006, the University of Findlay College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences established a faculty chair program as a way to honor individuals for distinguished service in their subject area. The Richard E. Wilkin Chair is named in honor of Dr. Richard E. Wilkin, former administrator of the Churches of God, General Conference; a member of the University of Findlay's Board of Trustees; and a longtime friend of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Findlay. 

The Wilkin Chair is awarded annually to a faculty member in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who embodies excellence in scholarship, teaching and service. Faculty members must be tenured and have attained the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to be eligible. ​The Wilkin Chair is expected to present his or her scholarly topic to the University and community, host a convocation event and provide a selected activity for students. It is expected that the Wilkin Chair serves as an exemplary faculty member and mentor for younger faculty to aspire to. 

  • Past Wilkin Chairs

    2006-07 Dr. Michael Reed

    2007-08 Dr. Raymond J. McCandless

    2008-09 Dr. Nicole Diederich

    2009-10 Dr. Louis Stulman

    2010-11 Dr. John Malacos

    2011-12 Dr. Matthew Stolick

    2012-13 Dr. Ronald J. Tulley

    2013-14 Dr. Kathy Mason

    2014-15 Mr. David Essinger

    2015-16 Dr. Marie Louden-Hanes

    2016-17 Dr. Paul Chwialkowski

    2017-18 Dr. Christine Tulley

    2018-19 Dr. Andrea Mata

    2019-20 Dr. Diana Montague