hopes to steer department in new directions
radio-TV-film departments new chairman hopes to
lead by consensus.
the new chairman of the radio-TV-film department, Richard
Allen says he wants to inspire students and serve as
a point man between faculty and students.
Allen, who began his term Jan. 12, says he wants to
hear suggestions on the operation of the department
from both faculty and students. The department is doing
well and the changes he would make would be based on
a consensus from faculty and students, Allen said.
Allen succeeds interim chairman David Whillock, who
filled in after former chairman Roger Cooper was removed
last September following a controversy involving summer
registration of students. Cooper still serves as a faculty
member in the department.
Professors who are tenured will rotate and share the
responsibilities of chairing the department throughout
the years, Allen said.
Allen, who has been a professor in the department since
1993, plans to work with alumni and build faculty relationships,
Inspiring students by having solid relationships with
them and helping them to believe in themselves is what
Allen enjoys most about his job, he said.
Rich Baker, a recent radio-TV-film graduate, said he
is pleased overall with the department, but wishes it
would have pushed more real-world experiences with writing
Allen said there is a great opportunity for the departments
in the College of Communication to work together while
sharing the space in Moudy Building South.
Maintaining the departments equipment by using
it safely and efficiently is also important, Allen said.
One aspect he enjoys in the department is the wide array
of films that have been collected, he said. Allen hopes
that one day an old theater could serve as a movie house
for TCU students, he said.
Allen said the awards he has received at TCU are the
most meaningful in his career. In 1999 he received the
Delta Gamma Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.
In 2001 he was honored with the Wassenich Award for
Mentoring at TCU.
Besides these awards, Allen received a Daytime Emmy
Award for is work on As the World Turns.
Allen was nominated in 1987 for the same award for his
work on Days of Our Lives.
Baker said he is pleased Allen is the new department
If anyone were to replace Cooper, its Allen,
Baker said. He is very well organized and is a