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Tim Gleason was dean of the School of Journalism and Communication from 1997 to 2013. He then briefly served as a special assistant to the provost before returning to the faculty to teach communication law and to serve as the university’s faculty athletics representative until retiring in December 2021. From 1998 until 2021 he directed the Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism.

Gleason won the SOJC’s Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching in 1990, was honored as the Scripps Howard Journalism Administrator of the Year in 2013 and in 2022 was inducted into the SOJC's Hall of Achievement. He has published two books, several book chapters, and articles in law and history journals. Before going to graduate school, he was a photographer and reporter working in print media.