Mumert Named State's Top Journalism Teacher

Tommy Mumert, assistant professor of journalism at Arkansas Tech University, was named Arkansas journalism educator of the year by the Arkansas Press Association on June 25.

Mumert received his award during a tri-state convention presented by the press associations of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee at Harrah’s Veranda Hotel and Mid-South Convention Center near Tunica, Miss.

A member of the Arkansas Tech faculty since 1989, Mumert teaches courses in news writing, editorial, column and review writing, basic photography and news photography.

He is also the advisor for the Arka Tech newspaper staff and for the Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Arkansas Tech.

In addition to his teaching and advising duties, Mumert served as director of the news bureau at Arkansas Tech from 1989-2007. He assumed full-time teaching duties in the Arkansas Tech Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism in 2007.

Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Mumert spent 10 years in the newspaper business. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from Arkansas State University.

Mary Fisher of the Yell County Record newspaper in Danville presented Mumert with his award. Fisher is a member of the Arkansas Press Association Board of Directors.