Barbara Selvin

John Ablan Barbara Selvin, Professor

Barbara Selvin became the first full-time professor in the School of Journalism in January 2007, following seven years as an adjunct in the university’s journalism minor program. She has also taught journalism at Queens College and Hofstra University. At Stony Brook, Selvin teaches all levels of news reporting and writing. She created a grammar lab for the school’s introductory reporting class. She inaugurated the school’s Journalism 24/7 course, which examines the impact of the digital revolution on journalism and journalists.In 2005, Selvin was recognized as one of the university’s top teachers when she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as Part-Time Faculty.For seven years, Selvin directed a high school summer journalism workshop in the City University of New York system that inspired dozens of students to pursue journalism in college and beyond.

Before she became a journalism educator, Selvin was a reporter for Newsday and New York Newsday. At the New York paper, she covered economic development, commercial real estate and housing and wrote a biweekly real estate column. She spent a year writing about health-care reform, medical research and sexuality for the paper’s health and science desk on Long Island.

After graduating from SUNY-Binghamton with a bachelor’s degree in English, Selvin began her reporting career at weekly newspapers on Long Island. She earned a master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983, where she received the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, and worked for a year at The Advocate in Stamford, Conn., before joining New York Newsday.

Her freelance work has been published in Newsday, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and business and health-care magazines.