Professor Mohammad Ahmadullah Siddiqi has been selected as the 2015 distinguished faculty lecturer at the Western Illinois University. He is a professor of journalism and public relations in the Department of English and Journalism.
Siddiqi joined Western’s faculty in 1987. In 2006, he became the director of Western’s journalism program and served as chair for the English and journalism department (2009-10).
During his time at WIU, Siddiqi has garnered several awards and honors, including: the President’s Award of Excellence in Diversity (2013); the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Service Award (2013); an award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching (2011); and the President’s Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work (1992).
In 2014, Siddiqi was inducted into the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Hall of Fame at Moorehouse College (Atlanta, GA) for his service to humanity and his spiritual guidance and mentorship. He has also served as the president of the Islamic Center of Macomb for more than two decades.
Siddiqi has published three books, numerous book chapters and more than one dozen articles in refereed journals. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research (U.K.); Journal of Media Studies (Pakistan); and Journal of the Global Communication Research Association. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America; a lifelong member, and executive committee member, of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR); a member of the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR); and a member of, as well as the treasurer for, the World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations (WCMIR).