Professor & Director, Journalism Program
Barbara J. Irwin, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Journalism Program. She specializes in the areas of broadcasting and mass communication. Her research interests include the behind-the-scenes development and creation of television programming, children’s media, the study of daytime soap operas, and the impact of the mass media on today's society. Dr. Irwin served as Executive Producer for numerous documentary films produced by the Canisius College Video Institute, earning more than 30 national Telly Awards among many other honors.
She also directs the Internship Program in the Communication department, placing students in positions that help prepare them to pursue careers in their chosen field. A best-selling author, Dr. Irwin co-authored two books about television's highest-rated soap opera, The Young and the Restless. Prior to joining the faculty at Canisius, Dr. Irwin worked at WNED-TV on, among other projects, the Emmy Award-winning PBS television series, Reading Rainbow. A native Buffalonian, she lives with her husband, James and their Labrador retriever, Riley.
- Faculty Fellow, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (Los Angeles, CA)
- Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award – Presented by the Alumni Association of Canisius College in recognition of teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.
- Lambda Pi Eta, Nu Upsilon Chapter, University at Buffalo – National Communication Association Honor Society member.
- Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Kappa Chapter, Canisius College – National Honor Society for Adult Learning in Continuing Higher Education member.
- Alpha Sigma Nu, Canisius College Chapter — The Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities