Ronald A. Yaros, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of Maryland

Tow-Knight Disrupter Fellow 

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Teaching & Research


University of Maryland    ​

Associate Professor 2014- present
Assistant Professor  2008 - 2014


University of Utah   ​

​Assistant Professor  2008 - 2014

University of Wisconsin-Madison  ​

Research Assistant  2004 - 2005
Teaching Assistant  2000 - 2004

Industry Experience


Yaros Communications, Inc. 
President, 1988-2000

Distributed software to approx. 2 million classrooms through more than 100 licensed commercial television stations (including WMAQ Chicago, KGO San Francisco, WJLA Washington, WBZ Boston, WSB, Atlanta, WJBK Detroit, KUSA Denver, KDFW Dallas, KOMO Seattle, KMOV St. Louis, KSL Salt Lake and KFOR Oklahoma City.


KTVI-TV (St. Louis, MO), WMTV-TV (Madison, WI)

Television anchor/reporter, science reporter, ​1980-1988

WISM Radio (Madison, WI), WSGW/WGER Radio (Saginaw, MI)​

Radio news reporter/anchor, announcer, 1975-1980


Ph.D.  2005 (Mass Communication)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Masters  1991 (Education)
Webster University - St.Louis

Bachelor's of Arts 1980

 (Communication Arts)
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Awards & Recognition


2017  Apple Distinguished Educator 

2017  Tow-Knight Disrupter Educator Fellow

2012 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  (College Park campus award)
2012  Second Place Faculty Paper, AEJMC 
2011  Lilly Fellowship 

2011  Blended Teaching & Learning Fellowship

1983, 84, 85    Emmy Award (Television)






2010 - present

2010 - present

Ronald A. Yaros, Ph.D. 

University of Maryland