College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dennis Chamberlin

Dennis Chamberlin
Photo by
Matt Wettengel

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Education


151 Hamilton Hall


Spring 2016


Favorite Experience

  • Witnessing the fall of communism in eastern Europe and photographing individuals who later became world leaders.

Year at ISU



  • M.F.A., Photography, Indiana University, 2005.
  • B.A., English and Journalism, Indiana University, 1983.

Teaching and Research

  • Photojournalism and Multimedia storytelling


  • Między Wami Polakami, Album of photographs that documents the last decade of communism in Poland. ZNAK Publishing House, Kraków, Poland, 1992
  • Kaliningrad, Album of photographs from Russia that accompanied exhibitions in Munich, Germany and Gdańsk, Poland. Published by Haus des Deutschen Ostens, Munich, 1999.
  • Vang, Documentary play created in collaboration with Mary Swander and Matt Foss, 2013.

Major Awards

  • Pulitzer Prize (1983) awarded to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel editorial staff for flood coverage.
  • Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award, 2014
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Service Award, 2013
  • Harry Heath Advising Award, 2013
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Early Achievement in Teaching Award, 2009
  • Cassling Family Faculty Award for early achievement in teaching, 2009
  • Top Creative Project for Screen Culture. Juried competition and presentation at AEJMC National convention in San Francisco, CA, 2006


  • Worked as a staff photographer for The Denver Post, 1983-1987; and from 1987-2002 as a freelance photographer, based in Poland, for National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME Magazine and others. Continues to shoot stories for publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and various magazines in the U.S. and abroad.

Current Research

  • Documenting rural culture with multimeda storytelling


  • Undergraduate (chair)
  • Web team
  • Provost's Task Force for Engaged Sholarship (co-chair)
  • International Studies Advisory Committee
  • Iowa State Daily Publications Board


  • Adviser for Ethos Magazine

News Sources

  • New York Times (print and electronic) NPR, BBC, Des Moines Register, The Guardian, The Economist, The New Yorker and Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland).


  • Cycling, Cooking