The School of Communication and Media
Theatre and Cinema Arts (UG)
Applied Digital Media (UG)
Full Name: Duane Meeks
Dean, School of Communication and Media
B.A., University of Toronto; M.A., Regent University; Ph.D., University of Maryland.
Dr. Duane Meeks has been the dean of the School of Communication and Media at Palm
Beach Atlantic University since 2006 after having served as the founding coordinator
of the School’s Cinema-Television program. In recent years his course offerings have
been in the areas of screenwriting, motion picture editing, and dynamic visual storytelling.
His doctoral dissertation, entitled “From the Belly of the HUAC (House Un-American
Activities Committee): The Red Probes of Hollywood, 1947-1952," focused on the history
of Communist infiltration in the motion picture industry and the resulting blacklist.
In 2010, this dissertation won the Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize
from the American Journalism Historians Association.
Dr. Meeks’ current research interest is in the area of redemptive storytelling, new
media technologies, and media ethics. His many creative accomplishments include writing,
producing, and directing numerous television commercials, corporate videos, music
videos, television shows, and screenplays. He has served as executive producer and
faculty advisor to scores of student films over the last thirty years. Projects that
he has supervised or in which he has significantly participated have won numerous
awards, including Academy and Cine Awards, and have screened at film festivals around
the world and aired on national cable networks.
Dr. Meeks is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences, the University Film and Video Association, the Broadcast
Education Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Communication
Association, the American Journalism Historians Association, and the Association for
Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Before arriving at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2002, Dr. Duane Meeks taught
graduate courses in cinema and television studies at Regent University for fourteen
years, where he served for a season as the chairman of the School of Cinema-Television
and Theatre Arts within the College of Communication and the Arts.