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.