PSU Names Kylo-Patrick Hart 2007 Distinguished Scholar

August 24th, 2007 by Adam

A Plymouth State University associate professor who is an internationally renowned researcher has been awarded the 2007 Distinguished Scholar Award.

Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart chairs the Communication and Media Studies department and is widely known for his research into media portrayals of people living with AIDS.

“Dr. Hart’s work is truly impressive,” said Interim Provost Dr. Julie Bernier. “With two published books and nearly 100 articles, essays, and papers, he has still found time to complete three graduate or professional certificates, a doctorate, three masters degrees and is currently working on a fourth masters degree.”

The 2007 Distinguished Scholar award recognizes and honors excellence in academic scholarship. In addition to teaching, chairing a department, and pursuing his own educational aspirations, Hart maintains an internationally recognized research program. Among his research interests are media portrayals of gay men and people living with AIDS and the impact of those portrayals. He is the author or editor of three books in addition to nearly 100 articles, essays, and papers and his work is required reading at universities across the country.

Hart enjoys the fact that his scholarly pursuits create opportunities to collaborate with students and departmental colleagues.

“There’s an openness here that you just don’t have at larger institutions,” said Hart.

Since 2004, he has organized and hosted six international media studies conferences at PSU that have drawn presenters from colleges and universities from all over the world. Hart has also assisted more than 70 PSU undergraduates in preparing and presenting their own research findings at these conferences alongside graduate students and professors, encouraging students to continue learning and discovering.

Hart joined Plymouth State University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies faculty in 2002 and currently serves as chair of the department.

For more infortmation about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or