Associate Professor of Journalism
Achieving Academic Excellence
Adam Kuban focuses his teaching on media projects based on science- or sports-related issues. Read more.
About Adam J. Kuban
Dr. Adam J. Kuban is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and the inaugural Ball Brothers Foundation Honors College Faculty Fellow. Dr. Kuban has taught for more than15 years as instructor of record for a wide array of media-oriented courses, and in that time, he has earned teaching awards from Iowa State University, from the University of Utah and Ball State University.
Dr. Kuban likes sports, and he likes science, and he's constantly looking for creative ways to apply his media knowledge and skills into either area. For example, he is the co-creator of Water Quality Indiana, an interdisciplinary program designed to bring together science and journalism majors to explore local, regional, and global water issues. Through this program, Dr. Kuban led his first documentary project in 2016, and that debut earned his team two regional Emmy nominations (for directing & writing) and four Aurora GOLD Awards (for editing, narration, low budget & overall student long film). A subsequent short documentary produced with students on location in rural Costa Rica led to screenings at international film festivals.
Since 2013, Dr. Kuban had led more than 14 community-engaged, project-based teams of students, which have included diverse partnerships with local, national, and even international organizations. From these project-based initiatives emerge best-practices and assessment research for community-engaged scholarship. Along with other national experts on community engagement, Dr. Kuban has served on the Emerging Engaged Scholars Workshop (EESW) Planning Committee associated with the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. The EESW is a selective, professional-development program for advanced doctoral students and early-career faculty to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship.
Dr. Kuban volunteers as an assistant coach for the boys' tennis team at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana. From 2011-2016, he was a mentor affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for two local nonprofit organizations: Cancer Services of East Central Indiana - Little Red Door and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County.
- Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy Communication, University of Utah
- M.S. Master of Science, Journalism & Mass Communication, Iowa State University
- B.S. Bachelor of Science, Meteorology/Journalism & Mass Communication, Iowa State University
Examples of Creative Work
- Magazine - Facing Sustainability (Partners, Living Lightly Fair, The Facing Project), 2020
- Documentary - The Talk (Partner, Organization for the Development of Indigenous Maya), 2018
- Magazine - Facing Addiction (Partners, Meridian Health Services, Aspire Indiana, Muncie Action Plan, The Facing Project), 2017
- Magazine - Facing Cancer (Partners, Cancer Services of ECI – Little Red Door, The Facing Project), 2016
- Magazine - Facing Depression (Partner, The Facing Project), 2015
Examples of Publications (* = students)
- Purcell, J.W. & Kuban, A.J. (2020, forthcoming). Lessons from reflexive practice in higher education: Learning from failure and missteps in community-engaged scholarship. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
- Kuban, A.J., Kissel, H.*, Rodriguez, I.*, & Sipes, N.* (2019). Crystal Clear: An interdisciplinary, immersive-learning short documentary about water. Indiana Geological & Water Survey, Indiana Journal of Earth Sciences.
- Spillman, M.M., Sparks, J.V., & Kuban, A.J. (2019). The use of comprehensive exit exams in program assessment: Benefits, challenges & best practices. Journal of Media Education.
- Kuban, A.J. (2017). Downstream: Connecting Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Media Education.
- Kuban, A.J., Florea, L.J., Korst, Z.C.*, & Purtha, R.T.* (2015). Science and journalism undergraduates combine efforts to boost public understanding of water quality. In The Trenches, 5(4). (In The Trenches is a trade periodical associated with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.)
Honors and Awards
- The Star Press & Muncie Magazine “20 Under 40” Award recipient, 2016Ball State University CCIM Community Connections Award, 2016
- Ball State University CCIM Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
- Ball State University Immersive Learning Award for Water Quality Indiana, 2015
- Ball State University CCIM Social Responsibility Award, 2013
- Big Brother of the Year Award for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County, 2012
- Ramona W. Cannon Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah, 2010
- Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award, 2007
- Senior Class Council and the Iowa State University Alumni Association Senior Leadership Recognition Award, 2005