Bannister named senior fellow with international telecom organization

Fort Hays State University's Dr. Mark Bannister has been selected as a senior fellow of the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA).

Candidates for ITERA Senior Fellows must have at least 15 years academic or combined academic and industry experience, part of which includes leadership responsibilities. Bannister is chair of the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications and director of the Information Enterprise Institute at FHSU. He is also a senior policy fellow of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs. Bannister teaches course work on legal issues and management of information technologies. He also supervises and participates in research and programming on telecommunications, strategic planning, and community development.

He has published academic articles in publications including The Federal Communications Law Journal, Economic Development Review, Economic Development Journal, Kansas Policy Review and the Kansas Business Review. His writing and research focuses on telecommunications and technology regulation, intellectual property, information security, and economic development.

As chair of the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications, he has overseen the growth of the program from 58 undergraduate students in 1999 to more than 300 current undergraduate and graduate students. The department was named by ITERA as the "Outstanding Undergraduate Program of the Year" in 2008.

The initial class of senior fellows includes faculty and staff from Ball State University, James Madison University, Michigan State University, Murray State University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, University of Pittsburgh, and Western Michigan University.

The fellows represent an ITERA-based resource of senior, experienced academics and others whose backgrounds include significant academic or industry-based field experience.

This selective corps of talents is available to ITERA members for program evaluations, guest lectures, special program or project consultation, outside reviewers and program development assistance.

ITERA, founded in 2005, is an association of colleges and universities dedicated to the advancement of telecommunications science through excellence in research and education.

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