Curriculum Vitae

Jackie Byars
Department of Communication
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-4166
Email:jbyars@wayne.edu

Education
B.A.   University of Texas at Austin
1974 Major: Plan II (a liberal arts honors program; areas of concentration--English and American Studies)

M.A.

University of Texas at Austin
1976 Major: English
Minor: Comparative Literature

Summer

School of Criticism and Theory
1977 University of California, Irvine
1980-81 Inter-University Center for Film and Critical Studies, Paris

Ph.D.

University of Texas at Austin
1983 Major: Interdisciplinary (Film, Television, Literature, and Philosophy)

Teaching, Administrative, and Research Appointments
 
1992-Present   Associate Professor, Department of Communication,
Wayne State University 
Sept'95-Present Co-director, Film Studies Program,
Wayne State University
Jan'94- Aug'97 Director, Women's Studies Program,
Wayne State University
1991-'92 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communications,
St. Mary's College of California
1990-'91 Assistant Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film,
Texas Christian University
1985-'90 Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1984-'85 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer,
Department of the History of Art, Bryn Mawr College
1983-'84 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fall'81-Spring'82 Research Assistant, "Television as a Cultural Forum:
A Proposal to Test and Refine a New Theory of Television's Role in American Society."
Principal Investigators:
Horace Newcomb (University of Texas at Austin) and Paul Hirsch (University of Chicago)
Fall'81-Spring'82 Assistant Instructor, Department of Radio-Television-Film,
University of Texas at Austin
Summer'80 Teaching Assistant, Department of Radio-Television-Film,
University of Texas at Austin
Spring'77-Spring'80 Assistant Instructor, Department of English,
University of Texas at Austin
Grants and Fellowships

"Telefeminism: Lifetime Television"
        [a collaborative project, with Eileen R.Meehan (University of Arizona) on Lifetime Television (the cable
        television network that targets a female audience)].

"Highlander: The Phenomenon"
        [on the fan following of the television series Highlander] "Ishi: The Last Yahi"
    [a biographic documentary film production, J. Byars Project Co-Director and Principal Humanities Advisor;
    film co-produced and co-directed by N. Jed Riffe and Pamela Roberts]

    Premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival (California), October 1992.
    Broadcast on the PBS American Experience series, January 19, 1994.

    Grants for activities related to the film:


    Grants for the film, 1984-1993:

    Awards for the film:


Grants for other activities:

International Travel Grant, The Graduate School, Wayne State University (to attend the Union for Democratic Communications Conference at the International School of Film and Television in Cuba), 1993

"Civilization and Its Others, Part Two: Gender, Race, Othering, and the Narrative Arts" (a lecture and colloquium series for the 1989-1990 academic year, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, organized with Mary Layoun (Department of Comparative Literature), funded by The Anonymous Fund, University of Wisconsin-Madison ($10,000),1988-1989

"All That Hollywood Allows: Re-reading Gender in 1950s Melodrama," Research Grant, the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison (summer salary), 1987;
Start-up Research Grant, the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison ($2000), 1985-1986

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bryn Mawr College, 1984-1985

Travelli Fund Scholarship, Council on International Educational Exchange, for study at the Inter-University Center for Film and Critical Studies, Paris, 1980-1981

Publications

Books:

Articles and Book Chapters: Other publications: Invited Lectures


Conference Presentations

Service Work
Wayne State University (1992-present)
University Service:
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Faculty Council (1996-1998)
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Promotion/Tenure Committee (1996-1998)
Women's Studies Faculty & Advisory Board (1992-present)
Academic Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Retention (1997)
Humanities Subcommittee, Supplemental Research Equipment Review Panel (Winter 1995)
Participant, Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Cultural Studies (January 1993-1994); Organizer and principal investigator on seed grant from The Graduate School (May 1993-May 1994)
Graduate-Professional Scholarship Review Panel (Winter 1993 & Winter 1994)
Rumble Fellowship Review Panel (Winter 1994)
Supplemental Research Grant Review Panel, Humanities (Winter 1995)
Department of Communication:
Graduate Committee (1996-1998)
Graduate Orientation and Professional Development (1997-1998)
Teaching Portfolio Committee (1996-1997)
Colloquium Committee (1996-1997)
Research and Creative Activities Committee (1996-1997)
Department Restructuring Committee (1995-1996, 1996-1997)
Curriculum Committee (1995-1996)
Departmental Search Committee (1995-1996, 1996-1997)
Radio-Television-Film Search Committee (1994-1995)
Human Subjects Committee (1994-1995)Chair, Research/Creative Activities Committee (1992-1994)
Chair, Curriculum Committee (1993-1994)
Radio-Television-Film Search Committee (1992-1993; 1993-1994)
Visiting Artist Committee (1992-1993)
Journalism Search Committee (1992-1993)
QUEST Team to Improve Advising (1992-1993)
Equipment/Lab Committee (1992-1993)
St. Mary's College of California (1991-1992)
Department of Communication Forum Committee
College-wide Committee on Women's Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison (1985-1990)
University Service:
Individual Majors Committee (1985-1987)
Faculty Advising Service (1986-1988)
Commission on Faculty Compensation (1988-1989)
The Mentor Program (1988-1990)
Department of Communication Arts:
Coordinator, Telecommunications Colloquium (Fall 1985-Fall 1986)
Colloquium Committee (1985-1987)
Borchers Lecture Committee (1986-1988)
Student Awards Committee (1985-1988)
Committee on Writing Skills (1985-1986)
Ad hoc committee to hire an Undergraduate Advisor (1987)
Curriculum Committee (1986-1988)
Independent Majors Advisor (1986-1987)
Women's Studies Program:
The Program Committee (1987-1990)
Curriculum Committee (1987-1989)
Ad Hoc Anti Racism Committee (Summer 1989)
Anti-Racism Committee (1989-1990)
Extra-university service:
Editorial Board, Cinema Journal (1998)
Steering Committee and Treasurer, Union for Democratic Communications (1990-1993)
Steering Committee, The Women's Caucus, Society for Cinema Studies (1994-present)
Editorial Board Member, Text and Performance Quarterly (1990- 1994)
Manuscript reviewer for:
Cinema Journal
University of Minnesota Press
University of Nebraska Press
Blackwell Publishers
Critical Studies in Mass Communication
Journal of Communication
College English
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Women's Studies in Communication
International Communication Association--Philosophy of Communication Division and Feminist Scholarship Interest Group
Professional Associations