Dr. Melvin DeFleur, a former professor of communication at Boston University and renowned communications scholar, was posthumously awarded the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)’s Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award. 

Dr. DeFleur conducted pioneering academic research in the communications field, authoring over a dozen books—including the widely-cited textbook “Theories of Mass Communication,” which has been translated in 10 languages. At Boston University, he served as both a faculty member and chair of COM’s Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations department. In 2011, the Communication Research Center created the Dr. Melvin DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series, a tribute to his groundbreaking contributions to mass communication research and his valued membership at the CRC. 

The award will be presented during the AEJMC’s August 2019 Conference in Toronto, Canada.