Robert Batz

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Bob has been a part-time instructor for the department since 1985. He currently teaches feature writing, sports writing and media writing.  With over 55 years in the daily and weekly newspaper business, Bob's experience and enthusiasm for teaching is a great asset to the department.

During Bob's 37 year career with The Dayton Daily News, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for a series of newspaper stories wrote on Alzheimer’s disease. He later wrote a play based on these stories titled "Long Goodbyes." Community service has always been an important part of Bob's life, he currently writes a weekly series called "Senior Moments" that is currently published by 20 Dayton-area weekly newspapers and several out-of-state publications. He also serves as Public Information Officer for the Brookville Fire Department and the Miami Valley Fire and EMS Alliance and Public Relations Liaison for the Butler Township Fire Department. Bob was the first recipient of the Don B. Morlan award given by the Department of Communication to an adjunct instructor for teaching excellence.

Faculty Perspective

"During my 25 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton I have seen hundreds of students tackle the challenges of writing for newspapers and magazines with incredible enthusiasm. My reward is watching them grow as writers who are able to create fun, entertaining stories on a variety of topics."