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Duncan McDonald

Professor Emeritus


Duncan McDonald is a former dean of the SOJC and returned to the classroom in 2001 after completing a four-year term as the UO’s Vice President for Public Affairs and Development. He is a past winner of the UO’s Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and has received a national teaching award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He also has served as the chief operating officer of the Media Studies Center at Columbia University in New York City. McDonald is the author or co-author of six well-known textbooks (four with Lauren Kessler). He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


MS, University of Oregon, 1972
BA, Ohio University, 1966

Research Summary

McDonald investigates how language is acquired, how writing is taught, and how news is gathered. He is currently examining public health issues and how they are communicated in the mass media.