Dr. Arthur J. Kaul
Arthur J. Kaul joined the journalism faculty at Southern Miss in 1984. He served as journalism department chair from 1989 until 1998 and was the assistant director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism from 2001 to 2008. A brilliant and animated teacher, he received the University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989. He served many years on the USM Faculty Senate and was president in 1999-2000. Dr. Kaul earned his undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo., a master’s in humanities from Western Kentucky University, and master’s and doctoral degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a reporter and education writer for daily newspapers in Kentucky and Missouri. He served on the editorial boards of the Journalism and Mass Media Ethics and Journalism Monographs and in several national leadership roles for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Comm. He edited “American Literary Journalists 1945-1995, Volume 185, Dictionary of Literary Biography” (1997) and published approximately 35 articles, essays, and reviews. Dr. Kaul directed approximately 20 doctoral dissertations, including the winner of the Margaret Blanchard Prize for the best dissertation on mass comm. history produced in2004. He died April 29, 2008, and was inducted posthumously into the MCJ Hall of Fame during a symposium held in his honor on Feb. 27, 2009.