Peter Lev to receive President’s Award at Winter Commencement

Peter Lev TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 13, 2010)—Peter A. Lev, professor of electronic media and film, will receive the 2011 President's Award for Distinguished Service to the University during Jan. 9 Commencement Exercises at the Towson Center.

An internationally respected film historian, Lev's contributions to that field have been both prolific and significant. He has taught more than 20 undergraduate and graduate courses at TU, consistently receiving excellent student evaluations. He is widely admired for his unflagging collegiality, combining first-rate scholarship with generosity, loyalty and unimpeachable judgment.

Lev earned a B.A. degree in Humanities from Wesleyan University. He subsequently earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in film and television at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He joined TU's Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies in 1983 as an assistant professor. In 1988 he was promoted to associate professor, and in 1993 he became a full professor. The university honored him with its Faculty Excellence Award in 1997. When the Department of Electronic Media and Film was created in 2000, he played an important role in developing the new department and new major.

Among Lev’s well-regarded and influential publications are The 1950s: Transforming the Screen (Volume 7 of Scribner’s History of the American Cinema); The Literature-Film Reader: Issues in Adaptation; American Films of the 70s: Conflicting Visions; The Euro-American Cinema; and Claude Lelouch: film director. His book, Twentieth Century Fox: The Zanuck-Skouras Years, will be published by the University of Texas Press.

In 2009, the preliminary research for the Zanuck-Skouras project won him the prestigious Academy Film Scholars Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Although Academy Film Scholars do not receive a gold Oscar statuette, they do get a certificate and $25,000 to fund their research.

In addition to his impressive record of research and publication, Lev served as a consultant for film programs at Dickinson College and Brigham Young University. He is an active member of and contributor to IAMHIST (an international association of media historians) and the Literature/Film Association. He has served as director at six Literature/Film Association conferences held at TU. The Literature/Film Association recognized his career achievements in 2009 with its Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies.

Lev’s service extends well beyond the campus boundaries. He has shared his expertise and insights with residents of the Broadmead Retirement Community, as well as with nontraditional-age students enrolled in the “Flashback to the 1960s” program sponsored by the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute and the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore. He has given talks or participated in panels at the Arts Club of Washington, the Smithsonian, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and the Pikesville Public Library.






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