COLLEGE PARK (6/2/20) — Longtime University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism faculty member Chris Harvey has been named a 2019-20 recipient of the Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty, Provost Mary Ann Rankin announced.
Harvey, the director of assessments, the director of the graduate multimedia certificate program and a senior lecturer at Merrill College, was recognized for her outstanding contributions and accomplishments in service to UMD.
“The University of Maryland is fortunate to count you among its faculty,” Rankin wrote in the letter announcing the award. “The selection committee recognized your extraordinary service to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where you have played an integral role for more than 25 years as a trusted colleague to both faculty and staff as well as a compassionate mentor for students.
“I was so pleased to learn of your efforts related to improving assessments at the college and university levels, creating the Merrill College’s successful multimedia news bureau for the Capital News Service, and of your direction of the graduate certificate in professional studies for multimedia journalism. These initiatives have truly enriched the program.”
Harvey, a 1980 graduate of the UMD journalism program, worked as a digital editor for The Washington Post, a managing editor of American Journalism Review, a political reporter for several newspapers and a journalism teacher in her career.
In her earliest positions at Merrill College in the 1990s, she directed the student-staffed Capital News Service bureaus in Washington and Annapolis. After a stint on the Metro desk for washingtonpost.com in the mid-1990s, she returned to the college in 1998 to serve as the managing editor of American Journalism Review. She returned to teaching full time to build a multimedia newsroom and an award-winning website for student work, which she edited and directed for 10 years as part of the Capital News Service program.
She currently serves as director of assessments, chairs the college’s curriculum committee, oversees the weekend multimedia certificate program, and teaches courses in reporting and editing to undergraduate and master’s students.