Maxwell E. McCombs

Maxwell McCombs

Title: Jesse H. Jones Chair Emeritus
Company: University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Maxwell E. McCombs, Jesse H. Jones Chair Emeritus, at the University of Texas at Austin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in communication.

Dr. McCombs began his journey to his career at Tulane University, where he received a BA in 1960. From there, he moved on to Stanford University, where he earned a Master of Arts and PhD in 1961 and 1966 respectively. In between earning his MA and PhD, Dr. McCombs took on a job as a reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a position he held from 1961 until 1963. He decided to keep a job while earning his PhD, so he became a lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles from 1965 until 1966 and when he graduated, he became an assistant professor there from 1966 until 1967. While in school, Dr. McCombs had two professors that mentored him into the direction he should take for his career path, Dr. Walter Wilcox at Tulane University and Dr. Chilton Bush at Stanford University.

After Dr. McCombs’ two years at the University of California Los Angeles, he moved on to the University of North Carolina, where he held the position of assistant professor from 1967 until 1969. He then moved up to associate professor, where he remained until 1973. From there, Dr. McCombs became a John Ben Snow professor of research and director of the Communication Research Center at Syracuse University in 1973 and remained there until 1985. In 1985, he went to the University of Texas at Austin to take over as the chairman of the department of journalism, the Jesse H. Jones chair of communication and a professor of government. He held the title of chairman until 1991 but held on to the other two positions until 2011, when he became the Jesse H Jones Chair in communication emeritus, a position he holds to this day. Dr. McCombs also held positions of visiting professor at the Catholic University of Chile from 1998 until 1999 and Paul F. Lazarsfeld professor at the University of Vienna in 2011. In 1994, he became an adjunct professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain and in 2000, he became a professor on the associated faculty of the Catholic University of Chile, both positions he still holds today.

As a testament to Dr. McCombs success, he has received numerous accolades including the Universidad del Norte Medal of Honor from Barranquilla, Colombia in 2015, the University of Navarra Silver Medal in 2014, the Presidential Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2007 and the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 1998, among others. Dr. McCombs has also been inducted as president of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and the World Association of Public Opinion Research and as the head of the communication theory and methodology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. For the next generation aspiring to get involved in his field the advice he has for them is to find what they are passionate about, find the area most closely associated with that passion and then enjoy the work you are doing.

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