COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Feb. 20) – University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace Loh announced today that he has approved the appointment of Merrill College Visiting Professor Kevin Blackistone to the rank of Professor of the Practice.

In a congratulatory message to the Merrill College community, Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote, “This appointment reflects the value the entire university places on Kevin’s professional accomplishments and contributions to the college. Whether it has been through his work for ESPN or the Washington Post, speaking at a conference or teaching and mentoring our students, Kevin’s work has been thoughtful and provocative. He has never turned down a request to serve on a committee or speak to a class. I am thrilled about the next phase of Kevin’s career at Merrill College.”

About Professor of the Practice

The University of Maryland’s Faculty Handbook says, “This title may be used to appoint individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the practice as well as leadership in specific fields. The appointee shall have attained regional and national prominence and, when appropriate, international recognition of outstanding achievement. Additionally, the appointee shall have demonstrated superior teaching ability appropriate to assigned responsibilities.”

About Kevin Blackistone

Kevin Blackistone is a longtime national sports columnist now at The Washington Post, a panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a contributor to National Public Radio and co-author of A Gift for Ron, a memoir by former NFL star Everson Walls published in November 2009 about his kidney donation to one-time teammate Ron Springs.

Blackistone is a recipient of numerous awards, including awards for sports column writing from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, for investigative reporting from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and for enterprise reporting from the National Association of Black Journalists. Blackistone was a Davenport Fellow at the University of Missouri and a Wharton Business Journalism Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Martin Luther King Fellow at Boston University as a graduate student.

Blackistone is on the board of directors of the Society for Features Journalism Foundation and he serves on the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Task Force on Recruiting for Academic Diversity.

He has authored academic journal articles on diversity in sports media and hagiography in sports film documentary. He was a visiting lecturer at Beijing Sport University in summer 2014.

Blackistone teaches two sports classes at Merrill College:

JOUR328 Sports Reporting and Writing.

JOUR458 How Sports Journalism Constructs Our World.