Dr. Roya Akhavan is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Mass Communications. She is an award-winning professor whose honors include recognitions as “Teacher of the Year,” “Outstanding Graduate Professor,” “Outstanding Achievement as V.P. for International Marketing,” and “Outstanding College Leadership.” Dr. Akhavan’s areas of teaching and research focus on theory and methodology, media management and policy, and international communication. Her research has been published in a wide range of refereed national and international journals, including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication and Society, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Telecommunications Policy, Newspaper Research Journal, Current Politics and Economics of Japan, Journal of Consumer Research in Advertising, and Gazette: International Journal for Communication Studies. She is a reviewer for several refereed journals.
Professor Akhavan has lived and worked in four different cultures, Persian, Japanese, American, and Chinese. Dr. Akhavan’s book entitled Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach (Kinseido Publishers, Tokyo, 1992) was a bestseller in its own genre in Japan, and was widely used as a textbook in Japanese universities. Her internationally-known article, “Mass Media Reform in China: Toward a New Analytical Framework,” published in the Gazette (2004), was a product of field research while living and working in China.
Professor Akhavan maintains an active role in community and professional service. She is a frequent speaker at academic and community forums and radio and television broadcasts on global issues, including eliminating the root causes of war, gender equality, and spirituality in the 21st century.