Jan Lauren Boyles, associate director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University and associate professor, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism this summer.
Her Oxford fellowship is slated to begin in May 2024. During the fellowship, Boyles will conduct research on data journalism, code and civic technology. While in the UK, she plans to interview journalists on their approaches to computational reporting. She will also give talks at universities in London.
While on fellowship, she will maintain her tenured faculty appointment at Iowa State.
“It has always been a passion of mine to extend my research cross culturally, understanding how journalists engage with data and code globally,” Boyles said. “I am enormously grateful to leadership from the Greenlee School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for supporting this scholarly endeavor. I am also deeply appreciative of the opportunity to learn from the talented experts at the Reuters Institute. I am thoroughly thrilled at this chance to grow as a scholar and can’t wait to arrive in Oxford this spring.”
In addition to conducting her own research, Boyles will attend seminars at the University of Oxford, help mentor the Institute’s postdoctoral researchers and engage with practitioners in the Institute’s Journalist Fellowship Programme.
A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Boyles joined the Greenlee School in 2014 from the Pew Research Center in Washington. While at ISU, she previously held appointments as Faculty Fellow for High Impact Practices within the University’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and as the Greenlee School’s Director of Graduate Education. Beyond Hamilton Hall, she currently serves on the editorial leadership team for Digital Journalism, the top-ranked journal in her research subfield. Earlier this year, she completed a four-year elected term on the Board of Directors for her professional disciplinary association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). For her research and teaching efforts, she has received recognition from the International Communication Association, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, among others. And at ISU, she has been awarded with internal honors for exemplary instruction and mentoring.
“I am thrilled that Boyles was selected for this prestigious honor. Boyles is investigating the leading edge of journalist digital practice. Her work will not only serve to instruct the next generation of students, but also to guide the future development of our profession,” said Michael Dahlstrom, director of the Greenlee School and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor.