John Carvalho, associate professor of journalism, returned to Auburn in 2003, 25 years after he graduated. He now advises the Auburn Plainsman and teaches classes in reporting and sports journalism.
While a student at Auburn, the Jacksonville, Fla., native worked all four years on The Plainsman, serving as editor from 1977-78. Two of the years he worked with the paper, the Plainsman was awarded a Pacemaker by the Associated College Press.
After graduating in 1978, Carvalho worked for 14 years as a journalist, mainly in magazine editing. A transition to college public relations work led to another transition - to college teaching.
He completed his master's degree from Cal State Fullerton while teaching part time at Azusa Pacific University.
After that, he joined the faculty of Campbell in 1994 and began working on his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. Carvalho completed his Ph.D. in 1999 and was named chair of the Department of Mass Communication in 2001.
Two years later, however, his alma mater came calling, and he accepted an appointment in the Department of Communication and Journalism. From 2004-2009, he served as director of the journalism program.
His main research area focuses on sports media history, particularly during the 1920s and 1930s.