April 18, 2002
Dorman chosen for prestigious Wang Award
Dorman, a longtime professor at California State University,
Sacramento and a favorite among students, has been named as
a 2002 recipient of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence
Award from the CSU system.
Dorman is one of five people to receive the award this year.
It honors exemplary contributions and achievements in both
their academic areas and their universities. Each recipient
receives $20,000 to use for any purpose.
The award was established in 1998 with a $1 million gift from
CSU Trustee Stanley T. Wang. It is to be given each year for
10 years to four faculty members and one administrator from
throughout the 23-campus CSU system. This is the fourth year
it has been given.
Dorman, who won in the social and behavioral sciences and
public services category, is a government professor at CSUS.
He has taught and conducted research in mass media and politics
since joining the faculty in 1967. He also is a graduate of
CSUS, where he earned his undergraduate degree before beginning
his graduate work at UC Berkeley.
Dorman has built a national reputation for his research into
American mass media and its relationship to American foreign
policy. Among his many publications, he contributed the article
on journalism to the 40th anniversary issue of the Bulletin
of the Atomic Scientists, he is co-author of the 1987 book
U.S. Press and Iran, and he was on a national panel that produced
the highly regarded study on the Gulf War titled Taken by
Storm: The Media, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy
in the Gulf War. He currently is conducting a review of recent
research on the American media's international coverage for
the Center for War, Peace and the News Media at New York University.
"I've been able to do some research, but for me the focus
has always been on teaching," Dorman says. "Teaching
is my first love, and CSUS is a teaching institution first
That dedication to teaching has been strong throughout Dorman's
years at CSUS. He has taken part in workshops, seminars, peer-to-peer
coaching - anything to improve his teaching. He also has designed
and introduced 10 new courses in government and journalism.
Dorman is known across campus for his engaging lectures and
warm personality. The CSUS Alumni Association gave him its
Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992 and the student government
presented him with its Students First Award in 1995.
And he has received most other major campus honors - including
the Outstanding Teaching Award, the Outstanding Scholarly
Achievement Award and the John C. Livingston Annual Faculty
"The Wang Award was quite a surprise, and a wonderful
one," Dorman says. "Of course, when you've been
at CSUS as long as I've been, you can put together quite a
list of equally deserving people. So there was a certain amount
of good fortune involved as well."
In addition to Dorman, this year's Wang awardees are: Wayne
R. Bidlack, dean of Cal Poly Pomona's College of Agriculture;
Margaret McKerrow, professor of theatre at San Diego State
University; Herbert Silber, professor of chemistry at San
José State University; and Hallie Yopp Slowik, professor
of elementary, bilingual and reading education at California
State University, Fullerton.
The awards will be presented at the May 14 CSU Trustees' meeting.
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