G. Stuart Adam is a longstanding faculty member in the School and is now Professor Emeritus. He remains active in teaching and research. Dr. Adam holds a Bachelor of Journalism and an M.A. Canadian Studies from Carleton, and a Ph.D. in Political Studies from Queen’s.
He has worked as a reporter and desk editor for The Toronto Star, as a reporter and editorial writer for The Ottawa Journal, and as a contract producer and writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
From 1973–1987, Dr. Adam was Director of the school. After his term as Carleton’s director ended, he became founding chair of the Centre for Mass Media Studies in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. He returned to Carleton’s permanent faculty in 1989 and later became Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1992-1997) and then Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, a position from which he retired in June, 2003. During the academic year 2005-2006, he is the Journalism Scholarship Fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. Adam has written extensively on the philosophy of journalism, freedom of expression, and the Canadian legal system. He was editor of Journalism, Communication, and the Law (1976), author (with Robert Martin) of A Sourcebook of Canadian Media Law (1992), author of Notes Towards a Definition of Journalism (1993), and is co-author and editor (with Roy Peter Clark) of Journalism: The Democratic Craft, which is due for publication in the fall of 2005.
His published articles and essays include: “Truth, the State, and Democracy: The Scope of the Legal Right of Free Expression,” Canadian Journal of Communication, (17, 1992); James Carey’s Academy,” in James Carey: A Critical Reader, (Eve Munson and Catherine Warren, eds, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997); “The Thicket of Rules North of the Border, in the Media Studies Journal, Covering the Courts; (Winter 1998); “The Education of Journalists,” in Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism, (December, 2001); “A Preface to the Ethics of Journalism,” Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol.. 9, 3&4, 2004; and “The events at Columbia, the design of journalism programs, and the sources and nature of professional knowledge,” Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 26 (1) July 2004.