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Jim Willis, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Phone: (626) 816-6000 x3333
Fax: (626) 815-2045
Jim Willis, a veteran news reporter and editor, earned his Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He has taught at the university level for three decades, chairing departments at Boston College, Ball State University, and Azusa Pacific University, and held endowed professorships at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Memphis. He has authored or co-authored 12 books on the media and one on college football. A frequent overseas lecturer, Willis has participated in six lecture tours for the U.S. State Department. He continues to work as a special correspondent and has covered the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and the 10th and 20th anniversaries of the fall of the Berlin Wall. His honors include a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, and Undergraduate Faculty Scholar of the Year for 2009 at Azusa Pacific University. He is married to Anne Willis and has five sons and daughters.


Ph.D. in Journalism, University of Missouri
M.A. in Journalism, Texas A&M University at Commerce
B.A. in Journalism, University of Oklahoma


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Communication Studies


  • Ethical Reporting
  • Impact of New Media Platforms
  • Impact of the Web 2.0 Media
  • Media Ethics and History
  • News Media and Government
  • News Media and Society

Courses Taught

COMM 200 – Introduction to Mass Communication
COMM 497 – Readings
JOUR 210 – Introduction to Journalism
JOUR 305 – Media Law and Ethics
JOUR 430 – Public Affairs Reporting