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Robert Glenn Hays

Robert Glenn Hays, American academic administrator, writer, communications educator, reporter. Nominee Pushcart prize, Life and Death Lizzie Morris, 2009; recipient Excellence award, International Association Agricultural Communications Education, 1993-1994, Karl E. Gardner award, University Illinois, College Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, 1996.


  • Hays, Robert Glenn was born on May 23, 1935 in Carmi, Illinois, United States. Son of Lewis Earl and Margaret Elizabeth (White) Hays.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Southern Illinois University, 1961. Master of Science in Journalism, Southern Illinois University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University, 1976.


    • Reporter Granite City (Illinois) Press-Record, 1961-1963. Public relations writer Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1963-1966, alumni publications editor, 1966-1971. Researcher, assistant scientist Illinois Board Natural Resources/Conservation, 1971-1973.

      Primary campaign manager Paul Simon for Congress, Illinois, 1974. Assistant professor journalism Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 1974-1975. Associate professor journalism University Illinois, Urbana, 1975-1986, 87-99.

      Professor emeritus, 2000. Chair mass communications department Southeast Missouri University, Cape Girardeau, 1986-1987. Author Vanilla Heart Public, Everett, Washington, since 2008.

      Special correspondent St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1964-1970. Stringer, Associate Press, 1964-1970. Stringer, United Press International, 1964-1970.

      Member literature review panel Journal Applied Communications, 1990-1998, manuscript review board, 1992-1998. Editor research section American Council on Exercise Quarterly, 1978-1980. Associate editor Journal Correctional Education, 1969-1970.

      Textbook manuscript review panel, Wadsworth Public Company, 1996. Textbook evaluators panel, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. Manuscript reviewer, Southern Illinois University Press, 1981.

      Guest co-editor, Agriculture & Human Values, 1992. Communication research committee North Central Association agricultural experiment stations, 1989-1994, vice-chair, 1989-1990, chair, 1990-1991. Member executive council, Women Development, Midwest Universities Consortium International Activities, 1979-1980.

      Member curriculum communications Women Development, Midwest Universities Consortium International Activities, 1983. Member reorganization task force, Research Division, International Association Agricultural Communicators Education 1991-1992. Vice-chair, Teaching Division, 1991-1993.

      Member publications advisory committee Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program, 1994. Member, judges panel, National Council Farmer Cooperatives Publications Contest & Critique, 1991, 1992. Member, judges panel, Livestock Publications Council annual publications contest and critique, 1985-1990.

      Coop Editorial Association Publications Contest & Critique, 1984. Member planning committee & session chair, first annual conference agricultural communications teachers, Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1981. Biloxi, Mississippi, 1982.

      Member judges panel, Radio-television Division, International Association Agricultural Communicators Education Annual Critique & Awards Program, 1980, co-director Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program Science Writing Curriculam Project, 1997-1998. University Illinois Urbana-Champaign: member, campus senate, 1986, 1990-1991, 1994-1998. Member On-line Registration Steering Committee & Task Force, 1989-1990.

      U I Direct on-line registration development committee, 1993-1995. College Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences representative Chancellor's Allerton Conference Workshop, Cultural Pluralism Classroom, 1990. With Adjunct General Corps.

      United States Army, 1955-1957, with United States Army Reserve, 1957-1961.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Deputy registrar Champaign County Clerk Office, 1988-1991. 15th Illinois Congressional District coordinator Paul Simon President Campaign, 1987-1988. Member Champaign County steering committee Michael Dukakis President campaign, 1988.

    Member steering committee Champaign County, Bill Clinton President Campaign, 1992. Champaign County chair, Paul Simon United States Campaign, 1984. Regional co-chair, Paul Simon United States Senate Campaign, 1990.

    Communications Workshop faculty member Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation, 1990, 1992, member advisory seminar professionals, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network in Classroom, 1993-1994. Member South Carolina Writers Workshop, National Organization of Women, Association Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Research Society of America Periodicals, Illinois Press Association, Society Professional Journalists, Missouri Press Association, Kappa Tau Alpha, Gamma Sigma Delta, Champaign County Civil War Roundtable, American Civil Liberties Union (steering committee, Champaign County chapter, 1992-1995).



    Reading, music, gardening.


    • Married Mary Elizabeth Corley, December 21, 1957. Children: Alan Gregory, David Robert.
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    Born May 23, 1935
    • 1961
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1972
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1976
      Southern Illinois University
    • 1961 - 1963
      Reporter Granite City (Illinois) Press-Record
    • 1963 - 1966
      public relations writer, Southern Illinois University
      Carbondale, Illinois, United States
    • 1966 - 1971
      public relations writer, Southern Illinois University
    • 1971 - 1973
      researcher, scientist Illinois Board Natural Resources/Conservation
    • 1971 - 1973
      assistant, scientist Illinois Board Natural Resources/Conservation
    • 1974
      primary campaign manager, Paul Simon for Congress
      Illinois, United States
    • 1974 - 1975
      assistant, professor journalism Sam Houston State University
      Huntsville, Texas, United States
    • 1975 - 1986
      associate, professor journalism University Illinois
      Urbana, Illinois, United States
    • 1986 - 1987
      chair mass communications department Southeast Missouri University
      Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
    • 2008
      author, Vanilla Heart Public
      Everett, Washington, United States
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